Battle of Brooklyn Heights Re-enactors

Yesterday was the 236th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, part of the intense effort by Imperial Britain after the Declaration of Independence to squash the American Revolution with a massive amphibious force that would occupy the financial capital of British North America and defeat the Continental Army under the command of George Washington. (Yes, this was the original Occupy Wall Street movement. Really. The Manhattan side of the East River crossing at Wall Street was actually one of Washington’s evacuation routes.) More than 32,000 British troops under the command of Gen. William Howe landed in late July in what was the largest amphibious expeditionary force ever sent by Great Britain until the D-Day invasion. In short, Britain was playing for keeps and in no mood to lose its richest colonial possessions to political radicals seen as somewhat wealthier versions of the Scots and Irish rebels that had plagued the realm’s political and economic interests throughout the 18th century. Accounts on both sides indicate the fighting was ferocious. Badly outgunned and outnumbered, Washington evacuated his troops under cover of fog without loss of life. He always considered both the bloodless retreat and the tactical advantage of concealment by fog evidence of divine Providence blessing the cause of the Patriots. The British were simply stunned that the war continued even though they captured and occupied the de facto capital of the American colonies. On Sunday, some Revolutionary War re-enactors in New York commemorated the battle. The group was a cut above the usual men in wigs, so the link above is worth a visit.

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August 28, 2012 · 1:30 pm

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