Battle of Long Island

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Battle of Long Island
Occurred August 27, 1776

The Battle of Long Island was a American Revolutionary War battle that occurred on August 27, 1776 between the American forces under Israel Putnam and the British forces under General William Howe. Howe had 32,000 men land on Staten Island on July 2. George Washington was instructed by Congress to hold New York. He divided his 13,000 men between Long Island and Manhattan.

Howe landed 20,000 men on Long Island (August 22–25). Attacking on the 27th, he turned the left flank of Putnam's 6,500 troops throwing them back into Brooklyn Heights. The Americans lost 200 killed and 1,000 captured. British losses were 400 casualties.


Encyclopedia of Military History, Dupuy & Dupuy, 1979

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