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The Battle of Long Island & Washington's retreat...



Item # 631696

September 11, 1776

THE CONNECTICUT JOURNAL, New Haven, Sept. 11, 1776 

* Battle of Long Island - Brooklyn
* George Washington vs. William Howe
* American Revolutionary War original


Nearly half of the front page is taken up with a Resolve from Congress which provides for those soldiers injured in the course of duty, signed in type by the President of Congress: John Hancock. Much of the balance of the front page is taken up with a letter by William Falconer concerning the plight of the soldiers who have been trapped on Long Island in South Carolina.
Page 2 begins with a report from Williamsburg, followed by a letter providing some details on the historic Battle of Long Island. Yet another report notes in part: "A retreat from Long Island having been resolved on, the same was effected on Thursday Night and Friday Morning, with regularity and good order, without being observed by the Regulars. On Friday and Saturday. Nutter or Governor's Island was evacuated. Our men brought off every thing of consequence not withstanding a very hot fire from two men of war, two batteries on Long Island and one on Red Hook. In a few hours after the retreat of our men from Long Island, the enemy appeared and fired on several boats in the river...".
Another report notes: "The governor of Halifax received the Declaration of Independence about 4 weeks since but would not permit the poor Dupe of a Printer (had he ever so good a mind) to publish any more of it than barely the last clause where it says, "We therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled, do, etc. etc." And his reason (as we care credibly informed) was, because it may gain over to them (the Rebels) many converts, and inflame the minds of his Majesty's loyal and faithful subjects the Province of Nova Scotia."
Also on page 2 is a report from New York dated September 9, including: "Since the retreat of our army from Long Island, the enemy have extended themselves a considerable length on the shore bordering the sound..." with much more  (see).
More war-related content is on page 2 including a bit noting: "We have advice from Long Island that General Howe has ordered the militia there to muster...if a sufficient number of volunteers do not appear to fight against their American brethren." There is also a list of prisoners, by regiment. And the back page has some war-related content as well.
Four pages, never-trimmed margins, various foxing, some penned ink staining at the margins, nice condition.

Category: American

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