PHOTO: Gen. Charles Lee (wikipedia)
MANALAPAN - Dr. David Martin, historian, author, public speaker and President of the Friends of the Monmouth Battlefield, will be back at the Monmouth County Library headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Wednesday, June 8 at 7 pm to tell, in his own words, the story of the General court- martialed during the American Revolution.
Martin’s account of General Charles Lee, the highest ranking officer under Commander in Chief George Washington at the Battle of Monmouth, will highlight Lee’s command challenges to both Washington and the British during the War. Martin will lead discussion on Lee’s defense of his actions and decisions in retreating at the Battle of Monmouth.
The controversial general’s action are cited in the current Broadway hit, Hamilton, and featured in the song, Stay Alive, in the award winning play.
The talk will take place in the library’s meeting room .
Martin, who is also a teacher at the Peddie School, has been a popular lecturer and historian at the library and numerous other locations across New Jersey. Recognized as an expert on Molly Pitcher, his A Molly Pitcher Sourcebook brings history to life through the more than 100 sources he cites in what has been known as the only scholarly book ever written about the famous female at the Battle of Monmouth.
Martin is also renowned for his historical works focusing on Monmouth County. Some of his other books include The Philadelphia Campaign, the story of the British capture of Philadelphia in 1777, as well as Valley Forge and Monmouth Battlefield; General James Longstreet and his New Jersey Relations a history of the ancestry of the former Holmdel resident and Confederate General James Longstreet, and Camp Vredenburg in the Civil War, the story of the Civil War training camp located in the Monmouth County battlefield area in the 19th century.
No reservations are necessary for Dr. Martin’s program, which is free and open to the public.
For more information on this and all programs at the Monmouth County Library, visit monmouthcountylib.org or call 732-431-7220.