Friday, July 4, 2014

REMEMBER: BATTLE OF HARLEM HEIGHTS AT 153RD

A plaque up at the walls of Trinity Cemetery at 153rd Street and Broadway commemorates one of the most significant battles of the American Revolutionary War.  General George Washington lead a small army of 1,800 against a British troop numbering over 5,000 men in the hills of Harlem on September 16, 1776.  The Americans ended up forcing the British to retreat from Upper Manhattan and thus not only won a battle in which they were outnumbered but also rallied the confidence of the new army.  This was also one of the first triumphs of the Continental Army after several previous defeats and was important in the fact that it helped the troops gain courage for the major battles to come.

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