Battle of Harlem Heights


On September 16, 1776, the Battle of Harlem Heights occurred during the New Jersey and New York campaigns of the Revolutionary War. This battle occurred between the British army and the Continental army (Americans) and was lead by the famous General, and U.S. President George Washington.

During the battle, the British army consisted of approximately 5000 soldiers, while the Continental division only had about 1800 men. Even though the American's were completely outnumbered, the British made a fatal mistake. While on the tracks of the Continental army, the British made a bugle call that sounded like those made during a fox hunt, in order to tease and insult the Americans. This made the Continental army extremely angry and instead of fleeing the much larger British division, they held their ground and came up with a plan to overtake the opposition. George Washington had a few men coax the British into an area which was much lower than the surrounding ground, almost like a ditch. These men ran ahead and the British followed thinking this would be an easy surrender since the American's were greatly outnumbered. The Americans, however, surrounded the British as they were trapped down in the hollow. The British realized they were trapped and ran to a nearby field. The American's pursued the British, forcing them over a fence and up a hill. At the top of the hill, there were reinforcements waiting for them so they were able to defend themselves for a couple of hours, but the American's kept them at bay. They fought until Washington heard that the British reserves were coming to the aide of their fellow men, so he ordered that the Americans should withdraw. In total, the there were 90 British troops killed, while the much smaller American army had only 30 killed. This victory was Washington's first and shortly thereafter, moved his troops to White Plains.