Borough-Wide: “Battle Week” Celebrates The Battle of Brooklyn

The Battle of Brooklyn, August 27, 1776

The Battle of Brooklyn, also known as the Battle of Long Island, was the first major battle to take place after the United States declared independence on July 4, 1776. The battle is considered a defeat for the Continental Army under General George Washington and began a campaign that ultimately gave the British control of the strategically important city of New York. Because of the amount of troops that fought in the battle, it is considered the largest in the eight-year Revolutionary War.

On August 27th, the Red Coats marched against the Patriot position at Brooklyn Heights, overcoming the Americans at Gowanus Pass and then outflanking the entire Continental Army. Britain’s General William Howe failed to storm the strongholds at Brooklyn Heights and General Washington subsequently ordered a retreat of his troops to Manhattan by boat. In doing so, Washington saved his army from capture.

The following Battle Week events are coordinated by the Old Stone House & Washington Park, which is located at Third Street at Fifth Avenue.

Battle Week Events
August 16 – August 24

Display of 85 Revolutionary War flags and Their History
Sunday, August 17 – Sunday, August 24
Where: Green-Wood Cemetery (5th Avenue at 25th Street)

Battle of Brooklyn 10-mile Race and Relay
JackRabbit Sports, Shake Shack and Brooks Sports sponsor this annual running race
When: Sunday, August 17, 8 a.m.
Where: Prospect Park

Evergreens Cemetery Walking Tour
Evergreens Cemetery presents a walking tour of its Revolutionary War-related sites
When: Sunday, August 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Evergreens Cemetery Main Gate (Bushwick Avenue and Conway Street)

Maryland 400 Remembrance Ceremony
A reading of the names of the Marylander 400, followed by a march to the Old Stone House & Washington Park / Sponsored by the Brooklyn Irish American Parade Committee
When: Sunday, August 17, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Meet at the Michael A. Rawley Post (8th Street @ 3rd Avenue)

Battle of Brooklyn Neighborhood Walk
Led by Old Stone House Board Member and Hunter College Archaeology Professor William J. Parry
When: Tuesday, August 19, 6 p.m. & Saturday, August 23, 4 p.m.
Where: Meet at Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park (NW corner)

Gowanus Dredgers Estuary Tour
Canoe the Gowanus Canal and learn about the history of this infamous escape route for
American soldiers during the Battle of Brooklyn
When: Wednesday, August 20, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Gowanus, 2nd St & Bond St

Concrete Timbre Presents Anna Strong’s Laundry
A multidisciplinary performance with live original contemporary music, projections and dance intertwined into a celebration of Brooklyn’s diversity today and throughout America’s fight for freedom
When: Thursday, August 21 & Friday, August 22, 8 p.m.
Where: Old Stone House & Washington Park

Prison Ships Martyrs Memorial Ceremony
Coordinated by the Society of Old Brooklynites, American Merchant Marine Association, and Navy Armed Guard
When: Saturday, August 23, 10 a.m.
Where: Prison Ships Martyrs Monument, Fort Greene Park

General Nathaniel Woodhull Exhibit
Learn about the first American militia general killed in the Revolutionary War and his unsavory mission during the Battle of Brooklyn
When: Saturday, August 23 1pm – 5pm
Where: Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood

The Great Escape with Re-enactors from General John Glover’s Marblehead Regiment
Join re-enactors for an historic depiction of aspects of maritime history, camp life and community, and the role of the Brooklyn Waterfront
When: Saturday, August 23, Noon – 2 pm
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Main Street-Pebble Cove

Scavenger Battle!
Team up with family & friends for trivia, gaming and historical fun. Follow “Brooklyn vs. Britain” pop culture clues in an interactive scavenger hunt, play Battle Ship Memory Match game and help create a unique Brooklyn timeline
When: Saturday, August 23, 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Avenue (at Carlton Ave)

Revolutionary Brooklyn/Revolutionary Fare
A tasting of Colonial-inspired dishes by top Brooklyn restaurants that includes colonial cocktails, roast pig and pie making contest for amateurs and professionals
When: Saturday, August 23, 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: Old Stone House & Washington Park

Battle of Brooklyn Commemoration at the Green-Wood Cemetery
A commemoration including re-enactors, military skirmish, Lord Percy’s original map of the battle, memorial ceremony atop Battle Hill
When: Sunday, August 24, 10 am – 2 pm
Where: 5th Avenue at 25th Street, Brooklyn

Double Entendre Old & New
Double Entendre will perform its new series exploring double reed music from the 17th century through the present day. The signature piece is Ænigmata Harmonia: Canon XV in diatessara supra a 6. Composed by Timothy Edwards in the 21st century, it was inspired by the style and technical treatment exhibited in Johann Sebastian Bach’s masterful puzzle canons.
When: Sunday, August 24, 4 pm
Where: Old Stone House & Washington Park

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