at Fraunces Tavern Museum
In commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn (27 Aug. 1776), National Park Service Ranger Michael Callahan and author William J. Parry explore the strategies, campaigns, and personalities that drove the American Revolution.
See also: Largest Battle Of War Fought In Brooklyn
The King’s Men: The British Army Fights the Battle of Brooklyn
Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 12:30 PM
National Park Service Ranger Michael Callahan returns to Fraunces Tavern Museum to discuss the British Army and German Auxiliary forces who fought during the New York Campaign of 1776. Recruitment, training, uniforms, weapons and the backgrounds of officers and men will be discussed as well as the soldiers’ views of the rebellion. The reasons for the British victory will also be explored. Free with Museum Admission ($4/$3 students, senior citizens; members free).
William J. Parry:
The Strange Case of “Baron” Herman Zedwitz: Genius, Traitor of Madman?
Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 6:30 PM
During the Battle of Brooklyn, thirteen senior American commanders were absent from their posts because they were serving as the jury in a treason trial. The sensational trial of Colonel Herman Zedwitz was the leading news of the day, overshadowing the battle. Yet today it is entirely forgotten. Was Zedwitz a cowardly traitor, a misunderstood genius, an opportunistic con-man, or a deluded lunatic? How did he become a Colonel in the Continental Army, and how did the Congress cover up this embarrassment after the trial? Fee: $6 (FTM Members free) includes museum admission and refreshments.
The Old Stone House in Brooklyn will offer special Battle Week events. Visit their website at www.theoldstonehouse.org
Additional link for Battle Week activities:
A Sons of the Revolution plaque at Long Island University in Brooklyn commemorates the field
of the Battle of Long Island.
"Retreat to Victory" by Henry Hintermeister, 1961. Gift of Charles
Lauriston Livingston, Jr.
Collection of Fraunces Tavern® Museum.