Discussion in 'Revolutionary War' started by The General, Jan 11, 2009.
I'm looking for a good book on the Battle of Monmouth. Can anybody recommend one?
As you know, I have been looking up this same subject. From what I have found, Stryker's book on the Battle of Monmouth seems the only complete coverage of the battle. Everything else I have found is a short coverage at best. And his is a little dated.
With the publication of titles on most of the major Revolutionary War battles in the last 15 years, the lack of any new study on the Battle of Monmouth is puzzling, and as Stryker's text (1935) appears to be the most recent, the topic appears ripe for a new study. I shot Thomas McGuire an e-mail to inquire if he might consider covering the topic. If not, maybe Mr. Savas could convince Jerome Greene ("The Guns of Independence: The Siege of Yorktown") to take up the effort?
Why is Stryker's book suspect? Is it because of age or are there historical reasons?
YMH & OS, Uncle Ben
In my opinion, Stryker's account is not so much suspect as dated. I was off a few years on the first date of publication as it was released in 1927. That, however, was a posthumous publication as Stryker died in 1900, which means that the original text was written in the late 19th Century. While I love Parkman's accounts of the French and Indian War and Pontiac's Rebellion, there was certainly room for modern studies such as the Crucible of War, A Few Acres of Snow and War Under Heaven. Similarly, Monmouth could use a modern, in-depth study, and it's surprising that no one has attempted one for over a century.
It's actually in the works. Old friend Joe Bilby and his daughter have one that will be published in 2010. Joe lives eight miles from the battlefield, and is the authority on all things New Jersey.
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