The Battle of Long Island, August 27th, 1776
By Mark Relation, DLAR Intern
On August 21st and 22nd, 20,000 British and Hessian troops began landing on
Adopting a daring night march, around 4,000 British soldiers led by Generals Clinton and Cornwallis moved through the largely undefended Jamaica pass on the exposed American left on the night of the 26th, an were quickly reinforced by another 6,000 along with General Howe. On the opposite side of the battlefield, British General Grant moved against the Americans there, drawing attention away from Clinton and Cornwallis. While the American attention was diverted, Clinton and Howe rolled up the American left, and the American positions off of
However, the British decided not to press their victory. Howe held his men back, giving up what may have been
The Battle of Long Island. As taken from http://www.britishbattles.com/long-island.htm.