Battle of Long Island

Introduction

On August 27, 1776 the British Army successfully moved against the American Continental Army led by George Washington. The battlewas part of aBritish campaign to seize control of New York and thereby isolate New England from the rest of the colonies. Washington’s defeat could have led to the surrender of his entire force, but his ingenuity instead allowed him to escape and continue the fight.

Article Details:

Battle of Long Island

  • Author

    History.com Staff

  • Website Name

    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    Battle of Long Island

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/battle-of-long-island

  • Access Date

    April 19, 2014

  • Publisher

    A+E Networks