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 Fraunces Tavern Museum
The Battle of Long Island was the largest of the American Revolution and the first fought after the Declaration of Independence.
On the day of the battle, Aug. 27, 1776, Israel Putnam was in overall command of the 10,000 American troops on Long Island.
Battle Hill has been honored as an important site in the Battle of Long Island since the fabulous Victorian cemetery Greenwood was built there in the 19th century.
www.frauncestavernmuseum.org /war_brooklyn.html   (1662 words)

 The Battle of Long Island, New York, 1776
It was even proposed by Jay to lay Long Island waste, burn the city of New York, and retire to the rugged fastnesses of the Highlands.
A small detachment was placed on Governor's Island near the city; another was sent over to Paulus's Hook, where Jersey City now stands, and a body of New York militia, under General James Clinton, took post in Westchester county to oppose the landing of the British from vessels on Long Island Sound.
Sullivan placed guards at several passes through a range of hills on Long Island, which extend from the Narrows to Jamaica; and late in August he had a line of defences extending from the vicinity of Greenwood Cemetery to the Navy Yard, a distance of a mile and a half.
www.publicbookshelf.com /public_html/Our_Country_vol_2/battlelon_ih.html   (2475 words)

 RAYNHAM HALL MUSEUM: 20/20 Lecture Series -- LONG ISLAND'S LOYALISTS: THE MISUNDERSTOOD AMERICANS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
For more than a year the Diblees found sanctuary in the midst of their Loyalist friends, and Long Island was spared much of the hardship which was visited on the rest of the Mid-Atlantic colonies.
We remember and commemorate the lives and deeds of Long Island's rebels, yet we pointedly ignore the ninety percent of the population who remained loyal to King and Country.
Long Island's Loyalist majority fought and died for a cause they believed in -- they fought for their homeland, and they fought for the government of their choice.
www.raynhamhallmuseum.org /freespring99.html   (2094 words)

 The Hessians - Chapter Six
Their first mistake was when we disembarked on Staten Island, for they might then have destroyed a good many of our people with two six-pounders, and now they might have made it very nasty for us.
Long Island is a beautiful island, an Arcadia; a most delightful region, full of meadows, corn-fields, all kinds of fruit-trees and pleasantly built houses.
As long as we had no horses, the prisoners were harnessed in front of the cannon, and they were afterwards sent aboard the ships of war.
www.americanrevolution.org /hess6.html   (2738 words)

 Battles of the American Revolution
During the battle, the heroism of the wife of one of the American soldiers who assisted the American forces gave rise to the legend of Molly Pitcher.
As it was, Washington suffered a defeat on Long Island (Aug. 27, 1776).
The Battle of the Brandywine, fought on Sept. 11, 1777 along Brandywine Creek in Pennsylvania, 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Philadelphia, was a victory for the British during the American Revolution.
www.americanrevwar.homestead.com /files/BATTLES.HTM   (2354 words)

 Long Island
The Battle of Long Island may well be the singular most important battle in American history.
The events that took place on and around Long Island in late August, 1776, represented a number of firsts to our newly declared country: This was the first real battle of the American Revolution (Lexington/Concord and Breed's Hill were fought before independence was declared on July 4, 1776).
Long Island was also the first battle in which the newly formed Continental Army played a significant role, and was the first time since the outbreak of hostilities in 1774 where the British and Continental armies met on relatively open ground in formal lines of battle.
www.ballindalloch-press.com /55th/Brooklyn.html   (1166 words)

 Read the Prologue of The Battle for New York by Barnet Schecter
Whitman’s ancestors lived on western Long Island during the Revolution, and his grandmother told him tales of rapacious British invaders and defiant American patriots clashing on the wooded hills and lush farmland that became the city and later the borough of Brooklyn.
The entire area was then, and remains, an archipelago, its islands and peninsulas, rivers, channels and straits, creeks and inlets formed by the advance and retreat of a glacier.
In the battle for New York, the struggle on this interior landscape—the difficult and, in some cases, agonizing choice between king and country in the conscience of each individual—had its roots in political and religious conflicts that dated back to the founding of the colonies, and which came to a head in the 1750s.
www.thebattlefornewyork.com /prologue.php   (3037 words)

 The American Revolution (Long Island)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
He positioned his troops on the western end of Long Island in anticipation of the British arrival.
The American outpost of Colonel Edward Hand's sent word that the British were preparing to cross Long Island from Staten Island on August 22, at dawn.
He had split his troops between Manhattan and Long Island, with the Hudson River, the East River, and Long Island Sound open to British warships and transport.
theamericanrevolution.org /battles/bat_lisl.asp   (590 words)

 Maryland 400 Battle
Altogether he had perhaps 20,000 ready for duty, with three of his four divisions bivouacked on Manhattan while the fourth was partly on Governor's Island at the mouth of the East River and partly on the Long Island side of the river to protect the left flank.
The Long Island contingent fortified themselves on Brooklyn Heights (site of the present Borough of Brooklyn) and established strong outposts along the heavily-wooded, five-mile ridge that lay about a mile and a half to their front.
The Marylanders performance at Long Island began a long and proud reputation, and the heroic stand and counter attack by the members of the Maryland 400 is still recognized as the State's major contribution to the struggle for independence.
www.sos.state.md.us /MMMC/Md400.htm   (1528 words)

 Chapter 3: The American Revolution: The First Phase   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Clinton's troops were landed on nearby Long Island, but on the day the Navy attacked, June 28, the water proved too deep for them to wade across to Sullivan's Island as expected.
Washington decided he must defend Brooklyn Heights on Long Island if he was to defend Manhattan; he therefore divided his army between the two places—a violation of the principle of mass and the first step toward disaster.
Island, numbering about 10,000, were disposed in fortifications on Brooklyn Heights and in forward positions back of a line of thickly wooded hills that ran across the southern end of the island.
www.army.mil /cmh-pg/books/amh/amh-03.htm   (10323 words)

 De Long George Washington - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
De Long, George Washington (1844-1881), United States explorer of the Arctic.
In 1879 George Washington De Long attempted to reach the North Pole from another direction, sailing the Jeannette into the Arctic Ocean through the...
Long Island, Battle of, early action of the American War of Independence, fought on August 27, 1776, in south-western Long Island, on ground now...
uk.encarta.msn.com /De_Long_George_Washington.html   (181 words)

 Middle Island
After the Battle of Long Island, the British overan the Island, plundering and looting the homes and farms of the inhabitants, forcing the majority of the patriot residents to flee to Connecticut for safety.
In June he sailed around Long Island into the Great South Bay and at Blue Point captured three sloops the Dispatch, the Polly, and the Jane and the pettiaugre Lively, all loaded with stolen food and supplies for the British in New York City.
The British on Long Island were tired of being raided by Dayton, and early in 1780 a young Tory officer named Graham recruited some youths for the purpose of looting Dayton's home in Bethany.
www.longwood.k12.ny.us /history/bio/edayton.htm   (1128 words)

 The Battle of Long Island - August 27,1776   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
At the end of this battle, there were only 12 dead, and 5 wounded.
No one can give an exact number of Americans involved in the Battle of Long Island, but it is estimated that there were at least 10,000.
There were 22,000 British and Germans on Long Island, and they had a total loss of 377.
longislandgenealogy.com /battleli.html   (555 words)

 George Washington in Sayville, Battle of Long Island, Biography, New York, racism, slavery, mistresses, children, & sex ...
Above picture is of Washington visiting Long Island with Billy the slave.
According to the Amityville story, he was a witch that came to Long Island from Salem, MA.
Long Island witch trials and migrants from Salem, Massachusetts.
www.geocities.com /sayswamp/george.htm   (546 words)

 American Shores - Maps of the Middle Atlantic Region to 1850
Maps of Revolutionary War battles that were fought in the Middle Atlantic region are highlighted here as examples.
These battles are often shown on larger regional maps as well, particularly on Virginia and New Jersey maps of the 1770s.
Battle of Long Island as depicted in a map from 1849.
www.nypl.org /research/midatlantic/topical_revli.html   (368 words)

 American Revolution - Revolutionary War Battles - "The Battle of Fort Moultrie and Long Island" June 28, 1776
Meantime, in February, a fierce battle had occurred in North Carolina at the mouth of Moore's Creek between a thousand patriots, led by Colonel Richard Caswell, and sixteen hundred Tories, mostly Scots, under the leadership of Donald Macdonald, who had fought for the young Stuart Pretender at the battle of Culloden thirty years before.
But in front of the city on Sullivan's Island the Americans had made a strong breastwork of palmetto logs and sandbags, and this was defended by several hundred men commanded by one of the leading heroes of the war, William Moultrie.
This skirmish, known as the battle of White Plains, took place on Chatterton's Hill near the American camp, and resulted in an American loss of nearly one hundred and fifty men, and a British loss of over two hundred.
www.americanrevolution.com /BattleofLongIsland.htm   (1614 words)

 Links to Related Information - The Battle for New York by Barnet Schecter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
During the Battle of Brooklyn, Long Island, August 27th, 1776, the sturdy house and its strategic position at a crossroad made it the focus of the most dramatic event of the day.
The Battle of Long Island and New York.
The "Evergreen" Cemetery - Battle of Long Island
www.thebattlefornewyork.com /links.php   (952 words)

 Long Island Patriots and Their Stories
Colonel Josiah Smith, a prominent Long Islander during the revolutionary period, was born at east Moriches November 28, 1723, the son of nathaniel Smith and grandson of richard (Bull) Smith, the founder of Smithtown.
During the seven long years that the British were in possession of Long Island, the farms and homes of the members of the South Haven Church were seized, and the church used as a horse stable by the British soldiers.
Did a band of marauders from Manhattan island come sweeping through the neighborhood, and driving off cattle, the stout Jacob and his compeers were soon clattering at their heels, and fortunate did the rogues esteem themselves, without a rough handling.
longislandgenealogy.com /patriots.html   (12455 words)

 Nathaniel Norton -- Coram
After the disastrous Battle of Long Island, he packed up his family and belongings and fled to Connecticut where he made off to join his Regiment.
After a long and weary campaign against the Indians with Generals Sullivan and Clinton in 1779, his Regiment was detached to the Hudson Highlands.
Finally on May 2, 1781, L'Hommedieu was able to persuade Clinton to commission Norton to cruise Long Island Sound in an armed boat with the possibility in mind of bringing off some of the loyal inhabitants and taking them to the interior of New York State.
www.longwood.k12.ny.us /history/bio/norton.htm   (900 words)

 TIME.com: Battle for the Long Island -- Mar. 5, 1951 -- Page 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
That meant that the Long Island's $78.6 million debt would be scaled down its fares raised, and the Pennsy would step back into control.
Although the commission set the Long Island's debt to the Pennsy at $50 million, it urged a ceiling of $100 million on bonds to be issued by the authority and proposed that $67.5 million be set aside for new equipment.
Franklin insisted that the Pennsy would fight to keep the Long Island under private ownership and for "fair and reasonable compensation" for the $100 million that he claimed the Pennsy had sunk in the Long Island.
www.time.com /time/magazine/article/0,9171,805786,00.html   (738 words)

 Prints Old & Rare - Long Island, NY page
Hand colored engraving from Picturesque America, titled "Eastern Long Island Scenes." Six views of the Eastern Long Island countryside are shown, mostly along the water.
Five engraved scenes from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, titled "Long Island: Historic Buildings and Picturesque Relics of the Old Town of Flushing." Contains views of the exteriors and interiors of historic houses in the town.
Hand colored engraving from Harper’s Weekly, titled "Trout Fishing on Long Island." Text surrounding the image describes the Long Island countryside, and the fishing that is done there.
www.printsoldandrare.com /longisland/index.html   (1326 words)

 Reinvestigating the Maryland Line, the Battle of Long Island,   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Maryland Line’s reputation will be forever associated with their heroic sacrifices at the Battle of Long Island and the ensuing defense covering the rear of the Continental Army as it retreated.
Effectively meeting for reunions as long as there were survivors, the first members of the Cincinnati likely cultivated and propagated the story of the old line.
As the revolutionary generation dwindled, perhaps the first “greatest generation” in American history, the last survivors were venerated as patriotic icons of a glorious past, and the cause and ideals for which they fought were canonized as hallowed tenets of the American democratic state.
www.archivesofmaryland.net /html/oldline.html   (4336 words)

 Battle of Long Island
Our intrenchment was so weak that it is most wonderful the British general did not attempt to storm it soon after the battle in which his troops had been victorious.
Gen. Washington was so fully aware of the perilous situation of this division of his army that he immediately convened a council of war, at which the propriety of retiring to New York was decided on.
When we reached Xrooklyn ferry, the boats had not returned from their last trip, but they very soon appeared and took the whole regiment over to New York; and I think I saw Gen. Washington on the ferry stairs when I stepped into one of the last boats that received the troops.
www.multied.com /revolt/battleaccounts/NewYork/Eastriver.html   (584 words)

 Battle of Long Island
Fortifications were erected around the city, which was then confined to the southern tip of Manhattan, as well as on the Brooklyn Heights area of Long Island to the east of the city.
Soldiers were transported from Staten Island to Long Island by way of Gravesend Bay.
Memorabilia related to Battle of Long Island is at auction on eBay.
www.u-s-history.com /pages/h1279.html   (1060 words)

 Battle of Sullivan's Island
At the end of the long day’s fighting, the British fleet had failed to move into Charleston Harbor, which gave the Patriots a stunning victory at the cost of 10 killed and several dozen wounded.
However, during the second half of 1776, a long string of defeats would occur, which drained the elation of all but the most optimistic rebels.
Memorabilia related to Battle of Sullivan's Island is at auction on eBay.
www.u-s-history.com /pages/h1277.html   (724 words)

 The Battle of Long Island
Washington had built batteries on Manhattan and Long Island to prevent the British fleet penetrating past New York.
He was a tough and popular man but elderly and of limited ability in a high ranking command.
On 22nd August the British force landed on Long Island to the South of the American fortifications.
www.britishbattles.com /long-island.htm   (968 words)

 Battle Pass
On the day of the battle, Aug. 27, 1776, Israel Putnam was in overall command of the 10,000 American troops on Long Island.General John Sullivan was in command of the advanced position with 3,500 men on the low hills.
At Battle Pass, the Americans had chopped down a large oak tree to block the Flatbush Road where it went through the pass.
For more on the Battle of Long Island, please turn to the Old Stone House and Battle Hill.
www.nyfreedom.com /BattlePass.htm   (751 words)

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