The Campaign of 1776 Around New York and Brooklyn
This volume, written over 100 years after the Battle of Long Island, outlines the circumstances of the battle. It begins with context for the engagement and includes later battles in the New York and New Jersey campaigns.
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Page 173 - Till of late, I had no doubt in my own mind of defending this place; nor should I have yet, if the men would do their duty; but this I despair of. It is painful, and extremely grating to me, to give such unfavorable accounts; but it would be criminal to conceal the truth at so critical a juncture.
Page 73 - Americans are to be freemen or slaves ; whether they are to have any property they can call their own ; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness, from which no human efforts will deliver them.
Page 113 - Remember, officers and soldiers, that you are freemen, fighting for the blessings of liberty; that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men. Remember how your courage and spirit have been despised and traduced by your cruel invaders ; though they have found, by dear experience at Boston, Charleston, and other places, what a few brave men, contending in their own land, and in the best of causes, can do against hirelings and mercenaries. Be...
Page 22 - I am an American in my principles, and wish we would let them alone to govern or misgovern themselves, as they think proper ; the affair is of no consequence, or of little consequence, to us.
Page 48 - It is an object worthy of their attention, and it is the place that we must use every endeavour to keep from them. For should they get that town, and the command of the North River, they can stop the intercourse between the northern and southern colonies, upon which depends the safety of America.
Page 216 - I am, therefore, inclined to think that it will not be prudent to hazard the men and stores at Mount Washington ; but, as you are on the spot, I leave it to you to give such orders, as to evacuating Mount Washington as you may judge best, and so far revoking the order given to Colonel Magaw to defend it to the last.