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BARRY CLUB JOINS IN COMMEMORATION OF THE BATTLE OF BROOKLYN
AT 10 AM on Sunday, Aug. 24, the Commodore Barry Club joined the commemoration of the 238th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn at the Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark.
The program began with a tribute to the late Irish American historian John Gallagher, who is buried in the cemetery. Gallagher’s great work was The Battle of Brooklyn: 1776.
A large crowd paraded to Battle Hill led by the Kings Point Merchant Marine Band. Speakers included Kathleen McDonough of the Irish American Parade Committee, Richard Moylan, President of the Cemetery and former Assemblyman Joe Ferris. Assemblyman Jim Brennan and historian John Ridge attended. The band played musical interludes. Historic re-enactors played the roles of both American and British troops.
In 1776, General George Washington planned a masterful retreat from an overwhelming British force and saved the American military from being crushed at the very outset of the Revolutionary War. Important action took place on the ground of what is now the cemetery. At Battle Hill, the Maryland 400 protected a withdrawing American column by charging the British twice with bayonets drawn. Although only a few hundred in number, they cowed the much larger British force of two thousand the whole day. Unfortunately, their success led to their misfortune. The Americans column, which they were protecting, was able to withdraw but this left the Marylanders surrounded by the British. The next day most of them were captured. For many months they suffered starvation and disease until finally released. Most of the regiment did not survive and it was never reconstituted.
Bridget Gregory, Mary Lennon and Mary Nolan honor author John Gallagher
Kings Point Merchant Marine Band
Historic re-enactors lead the parade
Assemblyman Jim Brennan and President Mary Nolan
Honor guard by the Higgins Tomb