Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Narrows Overlook – Fort Hamilton
Revolutionary War Heritage Trail
On August 22, 1776, British troops came ashore at Gravesend Bay, near Denyse’s Ferry in New Utrecht. The outnumbered Americans offered little or no resistance.
Five days later, on August 27, the Battle of Brooklyn began. After the battle, the victorious British restored a small redoubt near this site and manned it until 1783. The American army replaced the redoubt with Fort Lewis, and later with Fort Hamilton, which was completed in 1831.
The main image above, titled An original sketch by an English officer on board Adml. Howe’s Fleet, depicts the British ships massing in the Narrows.
Erected by State of New York.
Location. 40° 36.46′ N, 74° 1.943′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sheridan Loop and Sterling Drive, on the right when 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 of this marker. The Battle of Brooklyn (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Long Island (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Projectiles for U.S. 20-inch Rodman Gun (about 300 feet away); The Caponier (about 500 feet away); Fort Hamilton (about 600 feet away); Fort Hamilton Officers’ Club (about 600 feet away); June 1975 (about 600 feet away); Spanish 24-Pounder (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
More about this marker. The top of the marker contains a picture of the British fleet off the coast of Brooklyn. This image is from the Emmet Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. The bottom right of the marker features a sketch of “Red Coats Land[ing] near Fort Hamilton, August 22, 1776,” courtesy of the Brooklyn Public Library – Brooklyn Collection. Next to this is “A Plan of the Battle of Brooklyn. This map highlights the approximate location of this historic site.”
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. (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 •
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 840 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 13, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.