Friday, June 22, 2012

Battle of Pell's Point

Pell's Point was a battle fought not to win, but to delay, to enable Washington to get his forces to White Plains.  White Plains was to be a loss for the Americans, so one must wonder, as with so many battles in this war (and others, for that matter), what was accomplished.  Still, as in chess, a space or a piece becomes important, if not critical, at one time and a few moves or some time later, completely irrelevant.  For those who die "in the moment," their lives are never regained. Here we see the Throg's Neck Bridge and the area of Throg's Neck (also spelled Throgg's Neck, and also referred to at the time as Throg's Point).  We are looking across Eastchester Bay.

The fighting occurred on October 18, 1776 and consisted of Colonel John Glover's 750 or so men sniping at the superior British forces from behind walls and in the rough terrain, inflicting heavy casualties on the Hessians and delaying the British advance.  Among the privates in the Continental Army who fought at Pell's Point was John Russell, who also fought at Trenton.  His statue is one of the two soldiers featured at the base of the Trenton Battle Monument.  So here is another instance where I have traveled the Revolution in the footsteps of an identifiable man, from Brooklyn to Pell's Point to Trenton.

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