Battle of Long Island

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    This is an old story from my files, I don't know who originally wrote it or posted, just that its old and quite good.

    This remains one of my favorite campaigns, as the battle on Long Island was fought only a few miles from where I was born, and I was able to trace the route of the British flanking movement years ago as a young man.

    The American flank rested on a hill that is so high you can see the ocean from it, a good 20 or 30 miles away, but was covered with a heavy trees, the British simply went down Jamaca ave (it is still there to this day) with the help of a loyalist, and flanked the American postions.

    Washington's retreat ended up across the Delaware river, where he boldy planned and carried out the great twin victories of Trenton and Princeton starting on December 25 1776.
     
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    Long Island was the largest battle fought in the Americas during the revolution.

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    Map of the battle area. The British foolishly permitted the Americans to withdraw to Manhatten and continue the rebellion.

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    George Washington watches the defeat in progress

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    The stand of the Maryland 400 helped save the shattered continentals and prevented a close British persuit, they paid a heavy price for it.

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    Captain Nathan Hale was captured after the battle and was ordered to be executed as a spy.

    His brave last words inspired a nation:

    "I regret i have but one life to lose for my country"

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