This tablet marks
the Brookland Ferry Landing
from which point the American Army
embarked during the night
of August 29th, 1776
under the direction of
General George Washington
ably assisted by
Colonel John Glover
of Marblehead, Massachusetts
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On March 17, 1776 the British Army evacuated Boston and prepared to launch an assault on New York. By August 22, 1776 the British had assembled 200 vessels carrying 30,000 soldiers to attack New York.
The Battle of Long Island began on August 27, 1776. Surrounded and outnumbered, the American Army retreated to their fortifications protecting the Village of Brooklyn and the ferry crossing.
"It is a matter of the utmost importance to prevent the enemy from taking possession of the City of New York and the North River, as they will thereby command the country."
George Washington ? ?? ? ? ? ? ? January 8, 1776
"The fate of unborn millions will now depend on the courage and conduct of this army. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer of die."
George Washington ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? July 22, 1776
"Remember, officers and soldiers, that you are freemen fighting for the blessings of liberty ."
George Washington ? ?? ? ? ? ? ? August 23, 1776