Talk:Battle of Long Island
The Battle of Long Island touched on what is now Jackson Heights. Elements of the Battle that did so should be the focus of this page. For the broader story, the Wikipedia article should be pointed to.
- NYPL's mapwarper should be used to localize the encampment in our neighborhood. See http://maps.nypl.org/warper/users/21075/maps.
According to this 1942 article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle "Mrs. Helen Fuller Orton, writer of historical fiction for children, spoke on her research into Newtown's past." Raises the question "fact or fiction."
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First name Thomas Last name Lowenhaupt Email address tomL@communisphere.com Postal address (in case of email address error)35-35 75 Street, Apt. 527, Jackson Heights, New York, NY, 11372 USA Telephone number (in case of email address error) 1 718 639 4222
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Relevant dates August 31st and September 1, 1776 through Sunday September 15, 1776. Theatres of operation (ie First World War, Mesopotamia) the War of American Independence Any other relevant information I'm researching the following: (From https://wiki.jacksonheights.nyc/wiki/Battle_of_Long_Island#The_War_Comes_to_Jackson_Heights)
When the British army marched up to Newtown on August 31st and September 1, 1776, one contingent of 4,000 men, under the command of Sir Henry Clinton, marched along Trains Meadow Road, to a point about 2 blocks beyond Northern Boulevard and encamped there. General Clinton made his headquarters in the house of Nathaniel Moore, which stood just north of the present Northern Boulevard on the Bowery Bay Road. They stayed there for two weeks. Then on Sunday morning September 15th, General Clinton marched his men back to Newtown and down to Newtown Dock, wee they took boat and went down Newtown Creek too the East River and became part of the army that attacked the continentals at Kip's Bay. Another contingent of General Howe's army marched to a place in Jackson Heights, at about 37th Avenue and 73rd Street and there pitched their tents. They were the Royal Highlanders. There they stayed for two weeks, until in the early morning of Sunday September 15th, they also broke camp and marched to Newtown Dock for the battle of Kip's Bay.
I'd like to find details about the encampment. Location information. Official and "soldier" records and recollections. Perhaps descriptions by soldiers of the area and its people, perhaps via letters to families.