The Battle of New York began August 22, 1776. It was one of the largest battles of the American Revolution and a key strategic battle for both sides. In 1776 all eyes in America, England and Europe were on the port city of New York. It wouldn’t end the way anyone expected! The Armies Arrive.. read more →

15 Aug 2017
August 15, 2017

Bushnell Turtle

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Bushnell Turtle Revolutionary Era Tour

Bushnell Turtle The Bushnell Turtle was a one man submarine built in 1775 by David Bushnell. It was made of wood and egg shaped. Paddles on the outside were powered by bicycle pedals and portals allowed to pilot to see outside. The Turtle carried a detachable mine to use against the enemy! During the Summer.. read more →

The End of the World As We Know It! 💣 April 23, 1775 – New York City Wall Street, 1774 click image to enlarge Sunday, August 23, 1775, started out as any other Sunday in New York. The residents of the island were up early and off to their respective houses of worship for services. Families.. read more →

The First Shot Will be Mortal 💣 Lexington and Concord The Shot Heard ‘Round The World April 19, 1775 Was there a way to avoid that fateful shot on Lexington Green? Is it possible that cooler heads might have prevailed? Let’s take a look at the debate going on in the British Parliament in early.. read more →

Famous for Being Famous! ♥ Peggy Shippen of Philadelphia Margaret, Peggy Shippen was born in 1760 in Philadelphia to a wealthy family that became politically divided during the Revolutionary War. (The town of “Shippensburg” was named for the Shippen family.) Her father, Edward Shippen, was a Loyalist leaning judge and member of the Pennsylvania Provincial.. read more →

We’re on the Same Side! Loyalist Treatment Under Military Occupation in NYC Tories and Loyalists A fascinating part of the American Revolution that we seldom hear about is the loyalist or tory experience. We grow up thinking they were the enemies of freedom. They were wealthy and corrupt supporters of the King scheming against the.. read more →

Farewell to the British!  Evacuation Day. Before President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, the most celebrated day of the year in New York City was Evacuation Day, November 25, 1783. The Long Occupation September 21, 1776 – British forces commanded by General William Howe took possession of New York City. Washington’s defeated army.. read more →

August 29, 1776 – The first battle in the Battle of New York, the Battle of Brooklyn, is underway. After a week of facing off against General Howe’s forces in Brooklyn, General Washington finds himself in Brooklyn Heights with his army. British and Hessian infantry, artillery and light horse surround him on three sides: South,.. read more →

August 27, 1776 Colonial forces retreated from Brooklyn Heights to Manhattan on a dark night with no moon.  They left Brooklyn to the North (left) of where we are in this picture and landed across the East River, about a block inland from what we can see here. Amazingly, they were able to complete the.. read more →