The Battle of Pell’s Point (October 18, 1776), also known as the Battle of Pelham, was a skirmish fought between British and American troops during the New York and New Jersey campaign of the American Revolutionary War. The conflict took place in what is now part of Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, New York City.
On October 12, British forces landed at Throgs Neck in order to execute a flanking maneuver that would trap Gen. George Washington, commander-in-chief of the American revolutionary forces, and the main body of the Continental Army on the island of Manhattan. The landing was thwarted by the Americans, and British commander Gen. Sir William Howe, commander-in-chief of British forces in North America, looked for another location along Long Island Sound to disembark his troops. On October 18, he landed 4,000 men at Pelham, 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Throgs Neck. Inland were 750 men of a brigade under the command of Col. John Glover. Glover positioned his troops behind a series of stone walls, and attacked the British advance units. As the British overran each position, the American troops fell back and reorganized behind the next wall. After several such attacks, the British broke off and the Americans retreated.
The battle delayed British movements long enough for Washington to move the main army to White Plains, avoiding being surrounded on Manhattan. After losing to the British in a battle at White Plains, and losing Fort Washington, Washington retreated across New Jersey to Pennsylvania.
While reading about this battle and the revolutionary war, I stumbled upon some of the only known photos of revolutionary war soldiers.
They are part of the Jeffrey Kraus Collection (www.antiquephotographics.com).
They lived well past the war and when photography came to be, they were available. I wanted to include these great men as well!
- The Missing Men (msamaryland400.wordpress.com)
- This Engraved Infographic of the Revolutionary War Is From 1871 (blogs.smithsonianmag.com)
- Uncurrent Events 10.18.13 (youviewed.com)
- This Day in History: October 17th (todayifoundout.com)