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    1776 Battle of Long Island Document Regarding Capt. Robert Rogers' Company. Two pages, 7.25" x 6", New York, September 2, 1776.The document reads, "New York, Sept. 2, 1776, We the...being called to appraise the above article belonging to Sam'l Lamson, a late soldier in Capt. Rogers Company & ...deceased we do apprise this...accouterments according to the foregoing list. The list contains various items including '1 hatchet, 1 Wompum belt, 1 caster hatchet, 1 handkerchief - Silk, 1 old docket book, 1 powderhorn belt." The document also lists inventory for Lamson's estate given to various people. The list of items given to Corporal Dormon and includes "1 pr of old shoes of Lamson's and Lamson's red jacket." The British wore red coats as part of their uniform. Gamamiel Dardy, Dr. was given Lamson's "plated shoebuckles, 1 hatchet, 1 Wompom belt, 1, cash, handkerchief, kneebuckles, server broach and 1 old pocketbook." The appraisal is signed by Jabez Wright and Robert Mood.

    The Battle of Long Island, also known as the Battle of Brooklyn, took place on August 27, 1776, and was a British victory in the American Revolutionary War. On August 22, 1778, Colonel Edward Hand sent word to Lt. Gen. George Washington that the British were preparing to cross to Long Island from Staten Island. The British landed a total of 15,000 men in Brooklyn, out of a total 32,000 men in the area. About half of Washington's army, under Major General Israel Putnam, was deployed to defend the Flatbush area of Long Island, the rest held Manhattan. In a night march suggested and led by Clinton, the British forces used the lightly defended Jamaica Pass to turn Putnam's left flank. The following morning Howe and Clinton forced the Americans to withdraw, with heavy losses, to fortifications in Brooklyn Heights. No one knows the exact number of American soldiers who fought in the Battle of Long Island, but estimates are that there were at least 10,000, mostly New York militia reinforced from Connecticut, Delaware, and Maryland. Perhaps 1,470 Americans were wounded, captured, or missing and 312 were killed. A British report claimed the capture of 89 American officers and 1,097 others.

    In the days after the battle, Nathan Hale, a captain in the Connecticut Rangers, volunteered to enter New York in civilian clothes; posing as a Dutch schoolteacher. Hale successfully gathered intelligence but was captured on Sept. 21, 1776 before he could return to the rebel lines. Refusing all appeals, William Howe ordered Hale hanged. Hale was captured by a company of Queen's Rangers. Captain Robert Rogers fought in the French and Indian War. It was during this time that the famed Rogers Rangers, independent frontiersmen from New England, led by Capt. Robert Rogers fought on behalf of the British against the French. Rogers Rangers headquarters was on Rogers' Island near Fort Edwards, New York in the Adirondack area on the Hudson River. Dressed in buckskin, they moved silently in single file through the woods; in addition, they used snowshoes to traverse the deep snows through the harsh winters, and canoes or whaleboats on rivers and lakes. A wonderful and rare artifact from this colorful figure, who earned fame in one war and infamy in the next. Fine condition but for overall water stains.

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