Revolutionary War_Northern Campaign_Battle of Long Island

1776. August 27–29. Battle of Long Island The British successfully gained this area in a battle against the American Continental Army. It was the first major battle in the war since the American Declaration of Independence on July 4th. After the British evacuation from Boston in March, Lord William Howe moved to occupy New York City under the protection of a British fleet in the harbour. General George Washington of the American Continental Army stationed one-third of his troops (more than twenty thousand trained soldiers) on the Long Island side of the East…

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