Most Americans know about Washington’s crossing of the Delaware, preparatory to the young Continental Army’s victories at Trenton and Princeton. Lesser known is his crossing of the East River four months before, done under cover of night, allowing his troops to leave their position on Brooklyn Heights where, with their backs to the water, they faced a superior British force that had defeated them in the Battle of Brooklyn. The escape was made possible by a regiment consisting largely of fishermen, who were skilled at rowing quietly, from Marblehead, Massachusetts. This Saturday, August 27, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., re-enactors playing the part of members of the Marblehead regiment will be at Brooklyn Bridge Park, at the foot of Main Street in the Fulton Ferry Historic District (for directions, see comments below), the site of the army’s embarkation, for, in the words of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, “an historic depiction of many aspects of maritime history, camp life and community, and the role of Fulton Ferry Landing in one of the most surprising moments of the American Revolutionary War.”
Washington’s Escape from Brooklyn Heights to be Commemorated Saturday
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