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The Battle of Brooklyn, 1776 [Hardcover]

John J. Gallagher

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1 July 1995
An account of the largest battle fought during the American Revolution with 32,000 hardened English, Irish, Scottish and German soldiers opposing just 11,000 men of George Washington's new Continental Army.
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  • Hardcover: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Sarpedon; 1st Edition edition (1 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188511902X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885119025
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,019,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John J. Gallagher, formerly a member of U.S. Military Intelligence and currently a forensic historians, has written extensively on military history, as well as on fortifications and military architecture. He is married and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great History of Both the Battle and (Really) Old Brooklyn 6 Jun 2002
By L. Sabin - Published on
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John Gallagher's narrative in this short book is very comprehensive while still being easy to read. It is interspersed with great little historical tidbits and teasers as well, and provides some great detail to the old 18th century villages that make up the City of Brooklyn today.
The reader gets the impression that Gallagher fully enjoyed writing on The Battle of Brooklyn and conveys this sense of historical importance very well.
In addition to the great narrative, there are many facts revealed about both the Revolutionary War and different parts of Brooklyn that both professional historians and casual history readers may not have known.
A highly recommended, quick and insightful read.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brooklyn under siege, 1776 5 Sep 2004
By Rocco Dormarunno - Published on
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John Gallagher's book, BATTLE OF BROOKLYN, 1776, provides us with a glimpse into a little known confrontation that had an enormous impact on our nation. When most people think of the significant battles of the Revolutionary War, they think of Bunker Hill, Saratoga, Yorktown, or Trenton. But New York City, and Brooklyn specifically was the scene for the first great battle.

Unfortunately, as Mr. Gallagher sympathetically conveys, the battle was a disaster from beginning to end. Over a thousand of Washington's troops were injured, captured, or killed. It was only with the brave and selfless assistance of the Marylanders, that the American troops were able to evacuate. Mr. Gallagher, with the skill of suspense novelist as well as historian, describes Washington's daring escape from Brooklyn, at night, in an intense fog.

I'm just scratching the surface here. This is a fascinating account of an undeservedly overlooked event of the American Revolution, and Mr. Gallagher deserves utmost credit for preserving its memory.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winning does not come easy 30 Aug 2001
By Robert B. Makinson - Published on
In most history books, it is usually called The Battle of Long Island. But since it took place in Brooklyn, it is more recently referred to as The Battle of Brooklyn...It took place in August of 1776. General Howe, the winner, versus General Washington, the loser (he won later)...The book relates that American counter attacks in the vicinity of Old Stone House created time for Washington to save the remainder of his army...The men involved here were primarily "The Maryland 400." and they are well remembered. Old Stone House was rebuilt and stands near 5th Ave. and 3rd St. An American Legion Post at 9th St. honors the area where most of them are believed to have been buried. They are also honored by a monument in Prospect Park.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Battle that saved the rebellion 21 April 2000
By Adam Edelstein - Published on
If you live in Brooklyn and are interested in the Revolutionary War, this book is a must.
Who knew that such an important encounter took place in Brooklyn. The largest expeditionary force the world had ever witnessed in 1776, the largest battle of the war in terms of participants and casualties, an incredible encounter in Park Slope between a group of Maryland Militiamen and the British Army (they charged the British numerous times, in the face of overwhelming odds, in order to permit what was left of the American troops to retreat to Brooklyn Heights) and an evacuation/ retreat, "Dunkirk" style across the East River from Brooklyn to Manhattan by General Washington which saved the army and was widely admired by the British as an incredible feat done right under the British noses.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Seminal But Long-Forgotten Battle 30 April 2007
By Gilberto Villahermosa - Published on
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John J. Gallagher's "The Battle of Brooklyn 1776" is well researched and written. It provides considerable insight into one of the Revolutionary War's seminal but long forgotten battles.

Gallagher provides considerable background on the British and Colonial armies (Continenal Army and milita), their leaders and the sympathies of the people of New York in 1776. He places the Battle of Brooklyn in its proper strategic perspective and, where possible, lets the participants tell the story. It is well that he does, for the author's style is a bit dry.

Nonetheless, "The Battle of Brooklyn 1776" allows the reader to better appreciate how close the British came to ending the Revolutionary War once and for all. More importantly, it illustrates the shortcomings and talents of George washington and his commanders as military leaders. At the tactical level, the battle was a disaster for the Continental Army. But Washington's withdrawal from Long Island with the bulk of his forces and equipment intact - an event which won the American army a great deal of grudging admiration from British generals - portended a long war for King George III and his army.

Those unfamiliar with America's struggle for independence between 1775 and 1783 will find this a useful read.
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