George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Walton White, 29 June 1778

From Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Walton White

Harts Tavern [near Monmouth, N.J.]1
6 oClock [29 June 1778]


I sent an officer this morning to inform you, that we overtook the Enemys Rear within a Mile of Sugar Loaf Hill, which is six Miles from Middletown,2 we have since found that they have halted their Rear about two Miles of this side Middletown Near a Saw Mill. Major Clow is with me, & your Excellency may depend upon our giving you the Earliest inteligence of the Enemys Movements. Forty four Sail of the Enemys Ships past Deal to day.3 Col: Morgan I have just heard is at Sugar Loaf Hill.4 I am your H: Sert

Anthy W: White


1Hart’s tavern was located about five miles east of Monmouth Court House on the road to Shrewsbury.

2Sugar Loaf Hill lay near Colt’s Neck, N.J., about six miles northeast of Monmouth Court House.

3Deal was a hamlet at Poplar Swamp Creek on the New Jersey coast, about sixteen miles east of Monmouth Court House.

4GW’s aide Tench Tilghman wrote to Col. Daniel Morgan from “Monmouth Town” on this date: “As it is probable that the Enemy are exceedingly harassed with the heat of the Weather and the fatigue of the engagement yesterday, His Excellency desires that you will press upon their Rear and pick up all that you possibly can. You will follow them as far as you can consistent with the safety of your party” (NN: Myers Collection).

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