On a moonlit August night in 1776, a regiment of fishermen from Marblehead, MA, rowed General George Washington and the Continental Army across the East River from Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn, under the noses of the vastly superior British army.
Picture this: 12,000 men with horses and artillery escaped in silence over the river, saving the patriot cause.
This Wednesday, August 24, as part of Brooklyn’s Battle Week celebration, you can walk the ground where this magnificent retreat occurred and re-live the story of that dramatic night: The Magnificent Retreat – A Walking Tour with Paul Rush Wednesday, August 24, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Brooklyn Bridge Park/Main Street
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More Battle Week events in Brooklyn Heights:
Save the date: Saturday, August 27, Noon – 3 p.m.:
The Great Escape with Re-enactors from General John Glover’s Marblehead Regiment. Join re-enactors for a historic depiction of many aspects of maritime history, camp life and community, and the role of Fulton Ferry Landing in one of the most surprising moments of the American Revolutionary War. In partnership with the Village Community Boathouse.
At Main Street/Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn. More at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Learn more about the Battle of Brooklyn at the Old Stone House.