Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Battle of Long Island and Battle Hill

     At Greenwood Cemetery, south of Prospect Park, lies Battle Hill.  Here we look towards the Gowanus Canal and the American right flank.  In the distance we see the Statue of Liberty marking New York harbor.  The British suffered heavy casualties on Battle Hill, which began the battle as a skirmish.  The fighting here remained a diversion as Howe's troops swung around the Jamaica Pass and the American left flank.

          Continuing the theme of the last post, it is perhaps fitting that this scene of the battlefield remains a cemetery.  It remains sacred ground, and again enables one to get a sense of the geography and the breadth of this battlefield.

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