Researching the American Revolution

Your source for information on the American War of Independence

New York City Area

The Battle of Paulus Hook,

Primary Sources

Miles, Colonel Samuel, An Account of his actions on the left of the American Line at the Battle of Brooklyn, unpublished memoirs.

Wemyss, Major James, Assessment of Lt. Gen. William Howe’s leadership at the Battle of Brooklyn, unpublished memoirs.

Secondary Sources

Braisted, Todd. Grand Forage 1778: The Battleground around New York City, 2016.

Bliven Jr., Bruce. Under The Guns  New York:  1775-1776. New York: Harper & Row, 1972.

Daughan, George C. Revolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence. First edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2016.

Gallagher, John J. The Battle of Brooklyn, 1776. New York: Sarpedon, 1995.

Lewis, Charles H. Cut off: Colonel Jedediah Huntington’s 17th Continental (Conn.) Regiment at the Battle of Long Island August 27, 1776. Westminster, Md: Heritage Books, 2009.

Reno, Linda Davis. Maryland 400 in the Battle of Long Island, 1776. Jefferson: Mcfarland, 2014.

Schecter, Barnet. The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution. New York: Walker & Co, 2002.

Journal Articles

Procknow, Eugene. Did Generals Mismanage the Battle of Brooklyn? Journal of the American Revolution, April 2017.

Did Generals Mismanage the Battle of Brooklyn?

Web sites

Maryland 400 soldiers who served at the battle of Brooklyn

Field guide to New Jersey Revolutionary War sites

Tours of Battle Locations

While many Revolutionary War sites are built over or the landscape greatly modified, historians still benefit from seeing the actual locations to better inform their analysis and writing. Finding the sites can be challenging.  Here is a New York Times article which is helpful for those wishing to visit the Revolutionary sites in NYC.

Battle of Brooklyn

Old Stone House, site of the heroic stand by the Maryland 400


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