Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
On the morning of August 27, 1776, as the Battle of Brooklyn raged, 300 men – Huntington’s 17th Continental (Connecticut) Regiment, along with a few of Atlee’s Lutz’s, and Kiechlein’s Pennsylvanians and Haslet’s Delawares – stormed and captured this vital hill and held it against two British counterattacks by more than 2,000 soldiers. Colonel Joseph Reed reported that the 17th, though tremendously outnumbered, “behaved so as to command the admiration of all who beheld the engagement.” These brave Americans inflicted more damage to the British army on Battle Hill than the invader suffered in the rest of the Battle of Brooklyn. Many of these Americans were captured that day after they tried to rejoin their line below, only to learn that it had retreated without them. Upwards of 200 of them later died in captivity.
Presented and dedicated by the Society of the Cincinnati
in the State of Connecticut, August 27, 2013.
Erected 2013 by Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Connecticut.
Location. 40° 39.434′ N, 73° 59.373′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker can be reached from Battle Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Triumph on Battle Hill (here, next to this marker); Battle Hill (here, next to this marker); Altar to Liberty (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Soldiers’ Monument (a few steps from this marker); The Battle of Brooklyn (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Brooklyn (within shouting distance of this marker); McDonald (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor DeWitt Clinton (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Brooklyn.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776. (Submitted on October 20, 2013, 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 October 20, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Commemorating the Battle of Brooklyn. Article discussing the new details of the fighting on Battle Hill during the Battle of Brooklyn from the Greenwood Cemetery website. Included are photographs of the marker dedication, battle (Submitted on January 20, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
This commemoration is an annual event held on the last Sunday in August. Here's a link to the sponsor's site-
Connecticut Society of the Cincinnati recounts the horrible treatment by the British on pages 28 thru 33 of their account of the battle at
— Submitted August 30, 2016, by Philip Gilson of Brooklyn, New York.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 273 times since then and 105 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on September 20, 2016.