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Site of the Dongan Oak

 
 
Site of the Dongan Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2008
1. Site of the Dongan Oak Marker
Inscription. At the Battle of Long Island, on the hill to the north of this spot, the Americans had a redoubt with two guns, to guard the old Valley Grove Road, called by the early settlers the “Porte”, meaning gate-way through the hills, and which ran in front of this monument. By that road stood a white-oak, mentioned in the patent of Governor Dongan, November 12, 1685, as a marker between Flatbush and Brooklyn. This tree was cut down and thrown across the road. With the dense woods on the south and swamps on the north, it made an important obstruction.

Americans, commanded by General Sullivan, valiantly defended this position against the Hessian General De Heister, until attacked from the rear by British troops, under General Clinton, then they retired in good order, bringing off their artillery.

Lower Plaque:
This Monument
dedicated on
November 25, 1922
was restored by
The Prospect Park Alliance.

Alexander Ettl,
the original caster
recreated F. W. Ruckstull’s
eagle and plaque.

Rededicated
June 6, 1991

 
Erected 1991 by Prospect Park Alliance.
 
Location. 40° 39.965′ N, 73° 57.992′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker
Lower Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2008
2. Lower Plaque
is on East Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is on East Drive in Prospect Park. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11225, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Marker of Battle Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); Line of Defense (within shouting distance of this marker); Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ebbets Field (approx. half a mile away); Defenders of the Union (approx. half a mile away); The Marquis de Lafayette (approx. half a mile away); Maryland Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Battle of Brooklyn (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776. (Submitted on November 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Long Island 1776. A British perspective of the battle from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on November 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Marker with Eagle image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2008
3. Marker with Eagle
Marker in Prospect Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2008
4. Marker in Prospect Park
The lower plaque is visible in this photo at the base of the monument.
Battle Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2008
5. Battle Pass Marker
This marker is one of three located in Battle Pass in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.
Eagle from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2008
6. Eagle from Marker
The original eagle from this monument was stolen in 1974. This replacement was based on historic photographs, and was rededicated on June 6, 1991.
Battle Pass image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2008
7. Battle Pass
This pass, just north of the marker, was blocked by obstructions that included the Dongan Oak. During the Battle of Long Island, the American troops held off the Hessians from this position.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,245 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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