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Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

On July 4, 1776

 
 
On July 4, 1776 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 13, 2009
1. On July 4, 1776 Marker
Inscription. American Artillerymen under the command of Maj. Gen. Henry Knox fired from this area on the British Invasion Fleet in New York Harbor. These were the first shots of the Battle of Long Island. Damage & casualties were inflicted upon the H.M.S. Asia.
 
Location. 40° 36.58′ N, 74° 1.959′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is on Sheridan Loop, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of Fort Hamilton, across from the Country Club. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11218, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 13-inch Seacoast Mortar, Pattern 1861 (here, next to this marker); Spanish 24-Pounder (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Hamilton (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Hamilton Officers’ Club (within shouting distance of this marker); June 1975 (within shouting distance of this marker); M1857 12 Pounder Napoleon (within shouting distance of this marker); The Caponier (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Projectiles for U.S. 20-inch Rodman Gun (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Marker in Fort Hamilton image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 13, 2009
2. Marker in Fort Hamilton
Site of the First Shots image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 13, 2009
3. Site of the First Shots
The first shots of the Battle for New York were fired from this position. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge can be seen in the background of the photo.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 848 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 13, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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