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Southampton in Suffolk County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

General William Erskine Headquarters

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 26, 2017
1. General William Erskine Headquarters Marker
Inscription.

Built 1751
Headquarters of
Gen. William Erskine
Commander of British troops
occupying Eastern Long Island
1777-8

 
Erected 1935 by New York State Education Department.
 
Location. 40° 53.363′ N, 72° 23.483′ W. Marker is in Southampton, New York, in Suffolk County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and Jennings Avenue, on the left when traveling north on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17 North Main Street, Southampton NY 11968, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Southampton World War II and Korean War Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Pyrrhus Concer (approx. half a mile away); First Watermill (approx. 2.3 miles away); The James Corwith Grist Mill (approx. 2.4 miles away); Water Mill Rolls of Honor (approx. 2½ miles away); Triangular Commons (approx. 5.7 miles away); Wick's Tavern (approx. 5.8 miles away); Indian Preacher (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southampton.
 
Also see . . .  'Southampton Under Siege' Recalls British Occupation During Revolution (27East.com, 3/14/16)
General William Erskine Headquarters Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 26, 2017
2. General William Erskine Headquarters Marker - Wide View
. Cut off from western areas in New York, especially after General George Washington’s Continental Army lost the August 1776 Battle of Long Island (which took place in Brooklyn) to British General William Howe, East End residents would have found themselves isolated, vulnerable, subject to adversity. Moreover, whatever crops the British did not plunder, “the American forces in Connecticut requisitioned.” Hardships varied from town to town....Wherever they were stationed on the East End, British overseers enforced English law. Southampton was fortunate in having a relatively respectful British general, William Erskine, garrisoned at Pelletreau House, while Bridgehampton suffered cruelties under a Major Alexander Cochrane. (Submitted on December 3, 2017.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 3, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 75 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 3, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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