Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Triumph on Battle Hill
The Revolutionary War at Green-Wood
You now stand on Green-Wood Cemetery’s Battle Hill, the highest natural elevation in Brooklyn. On the morning of August 27, 1776, had you stood here, you would have seen the Battle of Brooklyn developing in front of you. British General James Grant’s army advanced from left to right, along what is now Third Avenue, marching north towards the fortifications in Fort Greene behind which General George Washington’s Continental Army was massed. General William Alexander (Lord Stirling) commanded a defensive force of about 2,000 Americans. It was his assignment, as Washington’s advance guard, to slow the British attack. Stirling formed a line, from west to east, along what is now 20th Street. As he did so, he saw this hill to his east. Quickly recognizing the importance of this “hill of clear ground,” he detached a force of 300 men under General Samuel H. Parsons to take it. They moved at the double quick, as time was of the essence. But the British beat them to this hill. The Americans attacked and, despite a volley of lead from the British, captured it. The British mounted two counter-assaults but failed to recapture it. Here on Battle Hill this small body of Patriots made its heroic stand, engaging in some of the heaviest fighting of the Battle of Brooklyn. The British lost 86 dead and wounded here, almost half of their casualties
Revolutionary War Heritage Trail
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. Marker is in Green-Wood Cemetery on Battle Path off Battle Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11232, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Huntington’s Regiment (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.
More about this marker. A portrait of General George Washington appears on the left of the marker. The right side contains an 1847 painting by James Smillie of “View from Battle
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. Battle Hill Monument. (Submitted on October 20, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
4. 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 reenactment and other ceremonies. (Submitted on January 20, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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