Posted by Nate Goldman
on Tuesday, July 23rd 2019:
In Reply to: Book posted by Will Suphan on Monday, July 22nd 2019:
I've read about that battle; General George Washington and the Continental Army was outnumbered, and outflanked. The British Army under General Howe landed 32,000 troops in Staten Island; after waiting a few days, they attacked Washington at Gravesend Bay, and also outflanked him from the east. Washington's troops fought bravely, but suffered three times as many casualties as the British. Many Americans were captured, and cruelly treated. Washington's army retreated by boat to Manhattan, and remained for a few days, before evacuated his army to New Jersey;e General Howe captured Manhattan, shortly thereafter. From what I've read, the Battle of Brooklyn (also called the Battle of Long Island), was the largest battle of the Revolutionary War in terms of men and equipment. I could never understand why the British Army (the redcoats), would wear all of that bulky equipment, which in the heat and humidity of the summer, had to be extremely uncomfortable, and had to slow them down. I also read that, there were atrocities perpetrated by the British Army against the colonial civilian population, prior to the Revolutionary War, during the Revolutionary War, and even during the War of 1812.
Reference ID: BK95898
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