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HISTORY TIP OF THE DAY

History Tip of the Day – June 29th

Battle of Brooklyn, August 26, 1776

Just before midnight the first shots are fired. The British begin a frontal assault through the Gowanus Pass. George Washington’s strategy is to meet the initial assault, then retreat to the high ground of Brooklyn Heights. But Hessian troops attack the center of Washington’s forces. The Americans find themselves trapped on three sides and outnumbered ten to one. Washington calls retreat. Watching at a distance, he remarks, “Good God, what brave fellows I must on this day lose.” The colonials suffer 360 dead and 1, 100 wounded or captured. It was a catastrophic day for the Americans.