Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Delaware Regiment
Battle of Long Island – August 27, 1776
In the early morning of August 27, the Delawares were ordered forward to meet British troops under the command of Major General James Grant. Posted on rising ground above Gowanus Road, they held for upwards of four hours “with a firm, determined countenance, in close array…the enemy’s artillery playing on them all the time.” By 10:00 A.M., the center and left of the American Army had been enveloped and Stirling’s regiments were in danger of being surrounded by British troops advancing from their rear. Outnumbered four to one, and nearly encircled, Stirling ordered the Delaware Regiment to make a fighting retreat. With colors flying they made an orderly withdrawal, and against great odds, crossed Gowanus Creek to safety. Following the battle the Regiment’s commander reported
Noted for its discipline and bravery, the Delaware Regiment continued to serve with distinction throughout the war.
Erected 2001 by State of Delaware.
Location. 40° 39.279′ N, 74° 0.174′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is on 35th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in Green-Wood Cemetery, near the 35th Street entrance. 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. Red Lion Inn (a few steps from this marker); The Green-Wood Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named The Green-Wood Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Green-Wood Cemetery Gates (approx. half a mile away); William Moir Smith (approx. half a mile away); Governor DeWitt Clinton (approx. half a mile away); Samuel F. B. Morse (approx. 0.6 miles away); McDonald (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776. (Submitted on November 2, 2008, 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 November 2, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Notable Events • War, US Revolutionary •
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