Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Evacuation Site – Fulton Landing
Revolutionary War Heritage Trail
Badly outnumbered and cornered by British troops under the command of General William Howe, the Americans were on the brink of annihilation when Washington pulled off a daring nighttime withdrawal. At sundown on August 29, 1776, he quietly moved the remnants of his army, some 9000 men, down from Brooklyn Heights to the Brooklyn ferry landing. Throughout the night, covered by a thick fog, a regiment of fishermen from Salem and Marblehead, Massachusetts, carried the men across to New York in rowboats, barges, sloops, and canoes.
When the sun came up on August 30, 1776, Howe discovered to his astonishment that Washington had escaped to fight another day. Instead of ending in the hills and fields of Brooklyn, the Revolutionary War would continue for another seven years.
Erected by New York State.
Location. 40° 42.25′ N, 73° 59.448′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street and Plymouth Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in Brooklyn
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Brooklyn (here, next to this marker); Manhattan North of the Bridge to Canal Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eagle Warehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Walt Whitman (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Builders of the Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1883 New York Harbor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brooklyn City Railroad Company Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Brookland Ferry Landing (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
More about this marker. The right of the marker contains a picture of Gen. Washington overseeing the loading of boats with artillery and horses. It has a caption of “U.S. Army – Artillery retreat from LongIsland – 1776.”
The bottom left of the marker features a picture of “Fulton Ferry in 1750, from the Brooklyn Shore. Emmet Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art Prints and Photographs, the New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations.” Next to this is a map of Brooklyn with the caption “A Plan of the Battle of Brooklyn.
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776 at Long Island, New York. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on May 16, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776. (Submitted on May 16, 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 May 16, 2010, 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 May 16, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,332 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 16, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.