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Gravesend Cemetery

Revolutionary War Heritage Trail

 
 
Gravesend Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2010
1. Gravesend Cemetery Marker
Inscription. On the morning of August 22, 1776, the British invasion force, approximately 20,000 troops, began landing on the shores of Gravesend Bay, supported by naval forces under the command of Admiral Lord Richard Howe. The invaders followed the King’s Highway to seize the villages of Gravesend and Flatlands to the east. They took the Old Road to capture Flatbush village and to confront the American forces guarding the Flatbush Pass, where the road up to Brooklyn Village cut through the hills above Flatbush.

Many of the residents of Gravesend from the Revolutionary War era are buried in Gravesend Cemetery including Colonel Rutgert Van Brunt (1722-1812), command of the Kings County Regiment and Captain Rem Williamson (1739-1825), commander of the Gravesend Company.
 
Erected by New York State.
 
Location. 40° 35.714′ N, 73° 58.446′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is on Gravesend Neck Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Gravesend Cemetery, on Gravesend Neck Road between Van Sicklen Street and McDonald Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11223, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
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By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2010
2. Brooklyn Markers
flies. The Battle of Brooklyn (here, next to this marker); Gravesend (here, next to this marker); Gravesend Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Meucci Triangle (approx. half a mile away); F. D. N. Y. (approx. 1.3 miles away); Greek American Veterans (approx. 1.4 miles away); Sheepshead Bay Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.5 miles away); Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese Monument (approx. 1.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker contains “An original sketch by an English officer on board Adml. Howe’s Fleet, depict[ing] British ships massing in the Narrows in August 1776. Emmet Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations.” Three more pictures appear on the marker. The first shows marching British troops and has a caption of “This image is reminiscent of the scene that the residents of Gravesend and Flatlands awoke to in August of 1776.” The second is a picture of “The grave of Captain Rem Williamson. Photo by Alyssa Loorya.” The last picture is a map of “A Plan of the Battle of Brooklyn. This map highlights the approximate location of this historic site.”
Markers in Gravesend Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2010
3. Markers in Gravesend Cemetery

 
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776 at Long Island, New York. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on April 24, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776. (Submitted on April 24, 2010, 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 April 24, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Gravesend Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2010
4. Gravesend Cemetery
Gravesend Cemetery, which dates back to 1643, is the oldest burial ground remaining in New York City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 24, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,318 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 24, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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