standard ‘Battle of Brooklyn’ Commemorated at Green-Wood Cemetery

In a re-enactment of the 'Battle of Brooklyn,' Continental Army soldiers fire away--but some had already fallen (Photo by Matthew Taub)

In a re-enactment of the ‘Battle of Brooklyn,’ Continental Army soldiers fire away–but some had already fallen (Photo by Matthew Taub)

“Make ready! Set! Fire!”

The ‘Battle of Brooklyn,’ fought in 1776 on land that is now a part of Green-Wood Cemetery, was re-enacted for an adoring crowd Sunday afternoon. The window into the past was part of a series of events to commemorate the 238th anniversary of theĀ first battle of the American Revolution waged after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The British are coming! (Photo by Matthew Taub)

The British are coming! (Photo by Matthew Taub)

Despite America ultimately winning the war, history buffs remember this opening melee as a humiliating loss for the new nation-to-be, giving the British control of our city and forcing retreat through New Jersey into Pennsylvania.

Green-Wood Cemetery hosted a day of free commemoration ceremonies, trolley tours, and 18th-century living that included parades, cannon fire, horse rides, re-enactments and historic cooking. Living history events and activities offered kids a real feel for life during the American Revolution.

Video of the re-enactment is available here. More photos from those in attendance (via social media) appear below.

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