Battle of Long Island

Having double the numbers of soldiers than the Continental Army, the British were at a huge advantage. Basically, one could say that Washington was the 'underdog' of the battle and no one expected much. Planning ahead, Washington knew that he would have to counter the British in war in New York, so he built forts and sent his troops into New York. By the day, more forts were created and 10,000 soldiers arrived for the cause, confidence was in the air for the colonists because of their preparations. Little by little, 130 ships of the Royal Navy arrived to meet the Continental Army filled with 20,000 British soldiers. At this time, strategies were made and each side waited for each other to act or something to happen. On the date of August 22, 1776, the British begin to occupy the lands of Long Island. The Americans had to defend New York City and lower Hudson Valley, even though Washington knew it would be rough. If Washington were to flee his future plans and actions could have been compromised and you should always put up a fight.
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On the date of August 27, 1776, The Battle of Long Island occurred in which the British conquered the United States, after five days of waiting. Major General Lord Howe of the British army along with their Hessian allies will decimate General George Washington of the revolting Continental army. Early in the morning the shots echoed throughout the land and the Americans soon came to the reality of what they were up against. Being surrounded, trapped, captured and chased, the colonists were loyal, desperate men. George Washington and his high ranking officers had made the mistake of not making a blockade on a certain route, which the British used to transport their troops and attack from, while the Hessian army attacked from another position. Running through the marsh to Brooklyn Heights, those who could not swim were easily captured by the trained forces. It was a terribly sight of troops trying to flee, but falling, being shot, or captured instead. Sending reinforcements to help the outnumbered troops, this held up for only a little while because of the threat from the British Navy.
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On September 15, 1776, Washington left New York along with all of his troops safely, while General Howe didn't capture him or his troops when he had the chance. Bringing reinforcements to help the out numbered troops, this lasted for only a little while because of the threat of the British Navy. Fighting to the Delaware River, this is where America will recover from this terrible loss. Although this was a loss, there's not much to be expected from the start. Trained armies fought against America's young adults and old men, with double the numbers. Overall, 300 Americans killed, 64 British Killed, 670 Injured Americans, 337 Injured British, 1,079 Americans captured, 31 Americans M.I.A.. The Americans had a bit of a loss considering the statistics above, but it is not something that we cannot recover from. Finally, this battle is a memory of the brave men who gave their lives for the America that there is today.

Army Commanders:

General George Washington

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General Howe

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Map of the Battle:


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Questions about the Battle of Long Island-
1. What was one of the ways that the British might have ended the Revolutionary War at this battle?
2. True or False: The British ravishingly shot and stabbed all those who tried to flee.
3. What was the cause of the Battle, other than the war of America against Britain?
4. How many days/weeks/months did it take before the battle started, once everyone was settled?

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~Matt Wermert