Battle Of Staten Island

The Battle of Staten Island occurred during the American Revolutionary War on August 22, 1777.

The encounter was a raid by troops from American General John Sullivan's division. British General Howe had recently sailed away from New York City with most of his troops, and the Americans were trying to determine his intention, movements which would become the Philadelphia campaign.

Two regiments had been raised from Canada in support of the revolutionaries cause. They were the First and 2nd Canadian Regiments. This second regiment engaged in this battle, which occurred between the skirmish of Hanover and the Battle of Brandywine.

Our People behaved bravely, drove the Enemy several Times, but were overpowered. We had but a few killed. We lost 130 privates prisoners. Colo. Antill, Major Woodson, Major Stewart, Major Tillard, Capt. Carlisle, & Duffee a Surgeons Mate are taken. Capt. Hoven, Lieut. Campbell, Lt. Anderson & Ensign Lee were not mentioned in the flagg & are suffered to be killed. Several Field & Commd. officers fell into our Hands. The above is the substance of the Letter.”

— a letter from Samuel Chase to Thomas Johnson