This work chronicles the story of 400 young men who willingly and knowingly sacrificed themselves to save the Continental Army at the Battle of Long Island on August 27, 1776. Holding back 20,000 British and Hessian soldiers, they allowed their comrades to retreat and may have saved the Revolution from immediate defeat.
This exhaustively researched account introduces the reader to the background of the battle and the stories of the individuals who fought that day, and includes biographies with extensive quoted material in addition to a general historic overview.
Linda Davis Reno is a retired federal executive. In 2007 Ms. Reno was awarded the Martha Washington Medal by the Maryland Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. She lives in Charlotte Hall, Maryland.
Table of Contents Acknowledgments vi Preface 1 Introduction 3 Storm Clouds Brew 7 The Marylanders March 12 Lapse of Leadership 18 The Battle 20 Aftermath of the Battle 30 Colonel William Smallwood 36 Lord Stirling 42 The Men of The Maryland 400 44 Mordecai Gist 48 First Company 51 Second Company 75 Third Company 95 Sixth Company 115 Ninth Company 130 Unsung Heroes 157 The Marylanders Fight On 167 Epilogue 170 Chapter Notes 173 Bibliography 187 Index 193