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The Battle of Brooklyn

The Revolutionary War at Green-Wood

 
 
The Battle of Brooklyn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 20, 2013
1. The Battle of Brooklyn Marker
Inscription.
On July 4, 1776, the United States issued its Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. As the summer progressed, General George Washington and his Continental Army held Brooklyn and New York City, while the British gathered their forces on Staten Island for an attack. But Washington did not know where the British attack would take place – would it be along the Hudson River, on the west side of Manhattan, up the East River, or in Brooklyn? On August 22, the answer came – the British were landing at Gravesend, on the southwest shore of Brooklyn. On the night of August 26, one army, under Lord Cornwallis, flanked the Americans with a night march to the east, and turned west through Jamica Pass to come in behind many of the Patriot troops. Another army, under the command of General James Grant, marched west on Martense Lane (now Green-Wood’s Border Avenue) towards the Martense Lane Pass (also within Green-Wood). A third army, under the Hessian General Von Heister, moved northwest between Grant and Cornwallis. In the early morning hours of August 27, 1776, the British began their attack, sparking the Battle of Brooklyn, the first after the Declaration of Independence, and the largest battle of the entire American Revolution. It was fought across much of Brooklyn, including this ground. Cornwallis’s encirclement and attack
The Battle of Brooklyn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 20, 2013
2. The Battle of Brooklyn Marker
on the Patriot rear surprised and devastated them, causing their defeat. It would not be until seven years later that the Revolutionary War ended in triumph for the Americans.

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Location. 40° 39.426′ N, 73° 59.399′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is at the intersection of Battle Avenue and Border Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Battle Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in Green-Wood Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11232, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Battle of Brooklyn (here, next to this marker); McDonald (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Soldiers’ Monument (a few steps from this marker); Huntington’s Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Triumph on Battle Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Altar to Liberty (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor DeWitt Clinton (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
More about this marker. A portrait of General George Washington appears on the left of the marker. The right side contains a map
Marker in Green-Wood Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 20, 2013
3. Marker in Green-Wood Cemetery
The marker is located on Battle Hill, the highest natural point in Brooklyn. It was here that the Americans had their greatest success during the August 27, 1776 Battle of Brooklyn. The Americans inflicted more casualties on the British on this hill than were experienced everywhere else during the battle.
of the Battle of Brooklyn indicating the positions of the American and British troops, British ships and the British line of march.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776. (Submitted on October 20, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Long Island 1776. A British perspective of the battle from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on October 20, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Battle Map from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 20, 2013
4. Battle Map from Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 377 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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