Category «Battles»

Washington’s Conversation with Lt. Colonel Joseph Reed After the Battle of Harlem Heights, Part 1 – British Gen. Howe

Regarding British General William Howe, September 16th  1776 A cold faceless wind swoops up from the Vye and sweeps over the heights. George Washington, supreme commander of the Continental Army, tugs at the stiff facings, pulling the flaps tighter around his neck. Lifting his head, he turns in the saddle and gazes south – out over …

Battle of Point Pelham (or Pells Point) Oct. 18, 1776. American Loss that Saved Washington’s Army from Annihilation

October 18, 1776 Westchester County NY. Colonel John Glover Commanded American Forces. General William Howe commanded British and Hessian troops. Though considered a defeat for the Americans, scholars attribute the Battle of Pelham (or Pells Point) for saving the Continental Army. British ships sailed up the Long Island Sound and landed troops in the rear of Washington’s …

KIP’S BAY INVASION – York (Manhattan) Island, September 15, 1776

Eighteenth century battles were fought on the field of honor.  In Europe, it meant that each army lined up and pounded away at each other over a spacious, flat field.  If there were fortifications, massive trenches were dug, inching cannon forward until close enough to reduce the walls to rubble and encourage surrender.  Continuous broadsides …

The Stone House at Gowanus Creek. Battle of Long Island, Aug. 27, 1776

 Maryland Regiment at the Battle of Long Island Tuesday, August 27, 1776. Since dawn, four hundred young men from Maryland exchanged volley for volley with some of England’s finest troops. Colonists from influential families, the former Baltimore Independent Cadets were experiencing their baptism of fire. In company with soldiers from Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, they …

British Defeat at Fort Sullivan – Charlestown, June 28, 1776

  British Strategy The year 1776 started well for the rebel’s thirst for independence. They had kicked the British out of Boston and won a major victory at Charlestown [After the war it was changed to Charleston]. Only the invasion of Canada had proved to be disastrous. However, things quickly changed course. New York City …