Lost Episode for August 30

Written by on August 30, 2014 in Founding Fathers

By Kenyn Cureton On August 30, 1776, the American cause was hanging by a thread. During the final days of August in 1776, Gen. George Washington and his army had been soundly defeated and found themselves hopelessly surrounded by Gen. William Howe and his superior British forces on Brooklyn Heights in New York. With their backs to the East River and the enemy pressing in, only a miracle could save the American army. When Gen. Howe inexplicably paused in his ground offensive, George Washington conceived of a daring plan of escape for his remaining 8,000 soldiers across the East River. Yet the British were not only in control of the land but also the sea. Gen. Howe’s plan was to send warships up the East River to cut off any possibility of escape, but just when Howe was ready to make his move on August 28, a cold, pelting rain and strong northeast wind made it untenable for the British fleet to sail into position, thus causing a further providential delay. On the evening of August 29, Washington made his move during the inclement weather. He had the army commandeer and board every sailing vessel they could find: fishing boats, row boats, rafts, anything that would float to make the journey from Brooklyn to Manhattan Island. However, two hours into the evacuation the storm subsided, the rain stopped, and moonlight illumined their activities. They were under orders of strict silence and everyone held their collective breaths. During the early hours of August 30, […]

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