Battle at Kip's Bay
On September 15, 1776, General William Howe landed about 4,000 men on lower Manhattan at what is presently the foot of east 34th Street. They were opposed by around 900 American militia commanded by Colonel William Douglas. While there was some fighting, the action was mainly a panicked withdrawal by American forces, who abandoned their cannons, powder, and important supplies. By the end of the day, Howe took control of New York City and stretched his lines across the island. Howe reported just 12 casualties among his men while claiming to have inflicted about 60 dead and wounded on the Americans and took around 320 prisoners.