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
Revolutionary War Heritage Trail
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary.
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. Marker is in Green-Wood Cemetery on Battle Path off Battle Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11232, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 Van Ness-Parsons Family Tomb (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map 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 Hill.”
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776. U.S. History entry (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. Green-Wood Cemetery website entry discussing the new details of the fighting on Battle Hill during the Battle of Brooklyn. 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 540 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 20, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.