Battle Of Long Island Essay

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Battle Of Long Island


The Battle of Long Island took place on August 27, 1776. The American outpost of Colonel
Edward Hand's sent word that the British were preparing to cross Long Island from Staten
Island on August 22, at dawn. There were three frigates, the Phoenix, Rose, and Greyhound,
and two bomb ketches named Carcass and Thunder, in Gravesend Bay. The frigates were
anchored in the Namews.


British generals Cornwallis and Clinton had a force of 4,000 men that included Von Donop's
corps of jaegers and grenadiers. The force started crossing to Denyse Point and they were
covered by the guns of the H.M.S. Rainbow. Two hundred men of Edward Hand's withdrew to
Prospect Hill, destroying the property and supplies that the British might use. The
British boats returned to Staten Island and landed in Gravesend Bay with more then 5000
men. By noon, they had landed almost 5,000 men and about 40 cannons safely on shore. The
Americans couldn't defend themselves and were pushed back.


The American forces were distributed on the evening before the battle. Their forces had a
total strength of 550 in the area of Gowanus Road. To the left in the Flatbush Pass there
were 1,000 troops, and to the right at Bedford Pass there was a force of 800 men with only
3 guns.
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