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The Battle of Long Island

22-29 August 1776

 
 
The Battle of Long Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 13, 2009
1. The Battle of Long Island Marker
Inscription. In the summer of 1776 this site saw both the first coast defense of the newborn United States & the opening of the largest battle of the Revolutionary War. On that original Fourth of July, a small American gun position near here entered into an unequal contest with the British warship Asia, inflicting damage & casualties before being silenced. The challenge to the Asia came as she sailed toward a Staten Island base, convoying troops intended to crush America’s revolution. The next month, their buildup complete, the British opened the Battle of Long Island with an attack across the Narrows, landing on & near Denyse Wharf (stones of which are visible under the Belt Parkway ramp) & southeast of here at Gravesend Bay. There followed a week of struggle in which the American defenders were outmaneuvered & defeated. Only good luck & well-conducted retreat saved the patriot army; the American Revolution almost ended on Long Island.
 
Location. 40° 36.497′ N, 74° 1.908′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is on Sheridan Loop, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of Fort Hamilton. 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
The Battle of Long Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 13, 2009
2. The Battle of Long Island Marker
of this marker. Projectiles for U.S. 20-inch Rodman Gun (here, next to this marker); The Caponier (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Brooklyn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Narrows Overlook – Fort Hamilton (about 300 feet away); Fort Hamilton (about 500 feet away); Fort Hamilton Officers’ Club (about 500 feet away); June 1975 (about 500 feet away); Spanish 24-Pounder (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker features a map of the narrows indicating British troop movements. It has a caption of “The British Invasion of Long Island,   22 August, 76.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776. (Submitted on August 13, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Brooklyn - August 1776. Brooklyn Online website. (Submitted on August 13, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. The Battle of Long Island 1776. A British perspective of the battle from BritishBattles.com (Submitted on August 13, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Brooklyn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 13, 2009
3. Brooklyn Marker
The marker is next to a display of projectiles for a 20 inch Rodman gun.
Marker in Fort Hamilton image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 13, 2009
4. Marker in Fort Hamilton
The Battle of Long Island Marker is visible at the end of the roadway. The Fort Hamilton Museum can be seen in the left foreground.
American Gun Position in Brooklyn image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 13, 2009
5. American Gun Position in Brooklyn
From this location, the Americans fired on the H.M.S. Asia in July 1776.
 
 
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 2,265 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 13, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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