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  • taraross1787 - Tara Ross @taraross1787 35 minutes ago
  • During this week in #1776, Americans won the Battle of #Harlem Heights. It was a much-needed victory. Only weeks before, the Americans had suffered a crushing defeat at #Brooklyn Heights. Following the defeat, they'd made a miraculous escape across the East River and into #Manhattan, but they had been run out of #NYC not too long after that. On September 16, Washington received word that the British were advancing. He sent 150 rangers under Lt Col Thomas Knowlton to investigate. Those rangers ran into the British redcoats and, after a brief skirmish, were forced to flee back toward Washington. The British were playing bugle calls, as if they were hunting foxes. Washington ignored the insult. He decided to counterattack. He sent one brigade to attack the British directly. Then he sent the rangers and some Virginia Continentals to work their way south, around the right flank of the redcoats. They were supposed to open fire when they were behind the British, thus entrapping them. The attack did not work as well as it should have, because the Rangers and Continentals turned too early and attacked the center, rather than the rear, of the British flank. Nevertheless, a “pretty sharp skirmish” ensued and lasted for hours. During this skirmish, Knowlton was hit and fell. Upon being asked if he was badly wounded, the mortally wounded Knowlton responded that he was, but “I do not value my Life if we do but get the Day.” Knowlton got his wish. Americans held their own, and the British were forced to retreat. It was Washington’s first battlefield victory. FULL STORY: TaraRoss.com #TDIH #AmericanHistory #USHistory #history #liberty #freedom #throwback #revolution #AmericanRevolution #America #USA #classicalconversations #nyhistory #historybuff #sharethehistory During this week in #1776, Americans won the Battle of #harlem Heights. It was a much-needed victory. Only weeks before, the Americans had suffered a crushing defeat at #brooklyn Heights. Following the defeat, they'd made a miraculous escape across the East River and into #manhattan, but they had been run out of #nyc not too long after that. On September 16, Washington received word that the British were advancing. He sent 150 rangers under Lt Col Thomas Knowlton to investigate. Those rangers ran into the British redcoats and, after a brief skirmish, were forced to flee back toward Washington. The British were playing bugle calls, as if they were hunting foxes. Washington ignored the insult. He decided to counterattack. He sent one brigade to attack the British directly. Then he sent the rangers and some Virginia Continentals to work their way south, around the right flank of the redcoats. They were supposed to open fire when they were behind the British, thus entrapping them. The attack did not work as well as it should have, because the Rangers and Continentals turned too early and attacked the center, rather than the rear, of the British flank. Nevertheless, a “pretty sharp skirmish” ensued and lasted for hours. During this skirmish, Knowlton was hit and fell. Upon being asked if he was badly wounded, the mortally wounded Knowlton responded that he was, but “I do not value my Life if we do but get the Day.” Knowlton got his wish. Americans held their own, and the British were forced to retreat. It was Washington’s first battlefield victory. FULL STORY: TaraRoss.com #tdih #americanhistory #ushistory #history #liberty #freedom #throwback #revolution #americanrevolution #america #usa #classicalconversations #nyhistory #historybuff #sharethehistory
  • During this week in #1776, Americans won the Battle of #harlem Heights. It was a much-needed victory. Only weeks before, the Americans had suffered a crushing defeat at #brooklyn Heights. Following the defeat, they'd made a miraculous escape across the East River and into #manhattan, but they had been run out of #nyc not too long after that. On September 16, Washington received word that the British were advancing. He sent 150 rangers under Lt Col Thomas Knowlton to investigate. Those rangers ran into the British redcoats and, after a brief skirmish, were forced to flee back toward Washington. The British were playing bugle calls, as if they were hunting foxes. Washington ignored the insult. He decided to counterattack. He sent one brigade to attack the British directly. Then he sent the rangers and some Virginia Continentals to work their way south, around the right flank of the redcoats. They were supposed to open fire when they were behind the British, thus entrapping them. The attack did not work as well as it should have, because the Rangers and Continentals turned too early and attacked the center, rather than the rear, of the British flank. Nevertheless, a “pretty sharp skirmish” ensued and lasted for hours. During this skirmish, Knowlton was hit and fell. Upon being asked if he was badly wounded, the mortally wounded Knowlton responded that he was, but “I do not value my Life if we do but get the Day.” Knowlton got his wish. Americans held their own, and the British were forced to retreat. It was Washington’s first battlefield victory. FULL STORY: TaraRoss.com #tdih #americanhistory #ushistory #history #liberty #freedom #throwback #revolution #americanrevolution #america #usa #classicalconversations #nyhistory #historybuff #sharethehistory
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