This Day in History: 1776-09-27

War of American Independence. Battle of Brooklyn Heights. On Long Island, in the area which is now Brooklyn, the 40th Foot (later 1st South Lancashires) fights in the sweeping victory which routs General George Washington’s Continental Army and opens the way to New York. It is the first major battle since the rebels declared independence on July 4th, and also the biggest battle of the war. The Americans lose over 2,000 men killed, wounded, or captured, against the British loss of less than 300. The strategically important port of New York is captured, and held for the rest of the war.