On June 28, 1778, the Battle of Monmouth Court House was waged in and around what is now Freehold borough. Continental Army General George Washington’s soldiers battled the British under Sir Henry Clinton, in the longest land battle of the American Revolutionary War. While considered to be a standoff, this engagement proved conclusively that American Continental regulars could hold their own against what at that time was perhaps the world’s pre-eminent fighting force, the British Army. This in turn solidified support for George Washington as commander-in-chief, and he would go on to lead the Continental Army to a complete victory, and ultimately, the birth of a new nation.
Source: Lender, Mark E., & Stone, Garry W. (2016). Fatal Sunday. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Okla., pp. 441-450.