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On This Day 8/27/1776
8/25/2011 6:59:55 PM
The Howe brothers defeat General Washington in the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, New York.

British troops under General William Howe and his brother Admiral Richard Viscount Howe, defeat Patriot troops under General George Washington at the "Battle of Brooklyn Heights" in New York. On August 22, 1776 General Howe's large Army landed on Long Island, hoping to capture New York City, New York and gain control of the Hudson River, a victory that would divide the rebellious colonies in half.

On August 27, 1776 the Redcoats marched against the Patriot position at Brooklyn Heights, New York overcoming the Americans at Gowanus Pass and then outflanking the entire Continental Army. The Americans Patriots suffered one thousand casualties to the British loss of only four hundred men during the fighting.

After the victory, General Howe chose not to follow the advice of his subordinates and did not storm the Patriot Redoubts at Brooklyn Heights, New York where he could have taken the Patriots military leadership prisoner and ended the rebellion.

General Washington ordered a retreat to Manhattan Island by boat. The British could easily have prevented this retreat and captured most of the Patriot Officer Corps, including General Washington. General Howe however, still hoped to convince the Americans to rejoin the British empire in the wake of the humiliating defeat, instead of forcing the former colonists into submission after executing General Washington and his Officers as traitors.

On September 11, 1776 Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and other congressional representatives reopened negotiations with General Howe and Admiral How on Staten Island, New York. The negotiations fell through when the British refused to accept American independence.

The British captured New York City, New York on September 15, 1776 and it would remain in British hands until the end of the "American Revolution."



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William Howe British General
Richard Viscount Howe British Admiral
Brother of William Howe
George Washington American Patriot
American General
President, USA
Benjamin Franklin American Patriot
John Adams American Patriot
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