Battle Hill (Brooklyn)

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'View from Battle Hill' by James Smillie.

Battle Hill, which is 220 feet tall, is the highest natural point in Brooklyn, New York in the United States of America. The hill is part of the Harbor Hill Moraine, a terminal moraine formed during the last glacial period. Battle Hill, located in what is today Green-Wood Cemetery, received its name from the battle which occurred on its slopes between American troops under the immediate command of General Samuel Holden Parsons and British troops under the command of General James Grant.

The fighting occurred on August 27, 1776 during the Battle of Brooklyn, the largest battle of the American Revolutionary War. The Americans inflicted the largest number of casualties against the British troops on the slopes of Battle Hill. Among the many casualties in the fight was British Colonel James Grant of the 40th Regiment of Foot: When the Americans viewed his name, which was sewn into his headgear, they erroneously believed they had killed General Grant.[1]


  1. ^ David Smith, Graham Turner: New York 1776: The Continentals' First Battle, p. 42: Osprey Publishing (2008) ISBN 1846032857

Coordinates: 40°39′28.15″N 73°59′16.74″W / 40.6578194°N 73.9879833°W / 40.6578194; -73.9879833