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The Delaware Regiment

Battle of Long Island – August 27, 1776

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2008
1. The Delaware Regiment Marker
Inscription. Responding to the call of the Continental Congress, the Delaware Regiment was organized in January of 1776. In early August of that year they were ordered to march northward to join the Continental army under the command of General Washington. Consisting of eight companies numbering in excess of 500 battle-ready troops, the Delaware Regiment enjoyed the distinction of being one of the largest and best equipped in the Continental service. Upon their arrival in New York they were assigned to Brigadier General (William Alexander) Lord Stirling’s Brigade.

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
Marker in Green-Wood Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2008
2. Marker in Green-Wood Cemetery
two men killed and 25 missing, being captured, killed, or drowned during the crossing.

Noted for its discipline and bravery, the Delaware Regiment continued to serve with distinction throughout the war.
Presented in grateful appreciation by the citizens of the State of Delaware
August 2001

 
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); John Brooks Henderson (approx. 0.4 miles away); 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
Also see . . .
Markers on 35th Street image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2008
3. Markers on 35th Street
Several markers are found at this location in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, where early action in the Battle of Brooklyn occurred.

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 EventsWar, US Revolutionary
 
The Delaware Regiment Marker in Green-Wood Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 20, 2013
4. The Delaware Regiment Marker in Green-Wood Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,320 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on October 20, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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