Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Brooklyn
Revolutionary War Heritage Trail
Following a series of setbacks in New England, the British decided to concentrate their forces in and around New York City. Their plan was to put down the rebellion by separating New England from the mid-Atlantic and Southern colonies. Anticipating the British move, the Americans prepared to fight for New York by fortifying Brooklyn Heights and other key locations around the city.
Despite several attempts by the British to negotiate an end to the rebellion, the Americans had no intention of retreating on the question of independence and war was imminent. On August 22, the British began to disembark troops and supplies in Brooklyn.
On August 27 George Washington’s
The tactical and strategic importance of the Battle of Brooklyn to the history of this nation has been overlooked. The battle appears as a historical footnote, perhaps because the Americans lost, perhaps because many of the battle sites were overtaken by urban development.
The Revolutionary War Heritage Trail will finally give the Battle of Brooklyn the recognition it deserves. Eighteen Heritage Trail locations have been selected to mark troop movements, skirmishes, and other actions of the summer of 1776, a time when Kings County consisted of farms, dense forest, oyster ponds and tidewater marshes. Travel back to the days when the “redcoats” came to Brooklyn and American Independence was almost lost before it had begun. Take the Trail and bring the past back to life.
This project was made possible thanks to the combined efforts and
Erected by State of New York.
Location. 40° 42.25′ N, 73° 59.448′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Plymouth Street, on the left when traveling north on Main Street. Marker is located in Brooklyn Bridge Park, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Evacuation Site – Fulton Landing (here, next to this marker); Manhattan North of the Bridge to Canal Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eagle Warehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Walt Whitman (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Brooklyn Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Builders of the Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1883 New York Harbor Brooklyn City Railroad Company Building (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a map of Brooklyn indicating the different Heritage Trail sites relating to the Battle of Brooklyn. Below this is a picture of flag with a caption of “The Grand Union Flag, also known as the Continental Flag, is the first widely used flag of the United States. It combined the British Union Jack with 13 stripes to signify colonial unity. Although never officially sanctioned by the Continental Congress, the Grand Union was flown from late 1775 until mid 1777.”
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776 at Long Island, New York. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on May 21, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776. (Submitted on May 21, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. The Battle of Long Island 1776. A British perspective of the battle from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on May 21, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 968 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 21, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.