Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Denyse’s Ferry – Gravesend Bay
Revolutionary War Heritage Trail
Early in the morning of August 27, 1776, the British attacked. One column marched up the Narrows Road and skirmished with American troops posted near the Red Lion Inn, near present-day Green-Wood Cemetery. A second column moved up the Flatbush Road through what is now Prospect Park. Meanwhile, the main enemy force swung east through New Lots to Jamaica, completely undetected. At daybreak, they were behind the Americans and ready to strike.
Erected by New York State.
Location. 40° 36.664′ N, 74° 2.209′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is on Belt Pkwy, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is near the rest area parking lot on the waterfront park under the Veranzano Narrows Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11209, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Battle of Brooklyn (here, next to this marker); The Dover Patrol (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Paul Jones (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Resistance to British Arms in NY (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spanish 24-Pounder (approx. ¼ mile away); 13-inch Seacoast Mortar, Pattern 1861 (approx. ¼ mile away); On July 4, 1776 (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Hamilton (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Brooklyn.
More about this marker. The right of the marker contains a picture of the ferry as it appeared in 1776. It has a caption of “Denyse’s Ferry: The first place at which Hessians and British landed on Long Island August 22nd 1776 – now Fort Hamilton. Emmet Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art Prints and Photographs, the New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations.”
The bottom left of the marker features a picture of British ships on the water, and has a caption of “This image of Charleston Bay is reminiscent of the view seen in the Narrows in August 1776. Picture Collection, the Branch Libraries, the New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations.” Next to this is a map of Brooklyn with the caption “A Plan of the Battle of Brooklyn. This map highlights the approximate location of this historic site.”
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776 at Long Island, New York. The American Revolutionary War website.
2. Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776.
3. The Battle of Long Island 1776. A British perspective of the battle from BritishBattles.com.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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