Wednesday, July 16, 2014

British/American History: The Battle of Stony Point - JULY 16, 1779

On this day in 1779, a select group of George Washington's Continental Army troops—under the leadership of General "Mad Anthony" Wayne—executed a nighttime attack on British forces at Stony Point, New York (30 miles north of New York City).

The attack—dubbed the Battle of Stony Point—resulted in heavy losses and even greater casualties for the British. In all, 20 (out of 750) British troops were killed, 54 were wounded and taken as prisoners, while a further 472 unwounded soldiers were also taken as prisoners.

General Wayne—who sent confirmation of the Continental Army's victory via a brief dispatch to George Washington—became one of few men to be given a congressional medal during the Revolutionary War.

The American victory at the Battle of Stony Point was vital in so much as it boosted the morale of the Continental Army, while the British commander at Stony Point, Colonel Johnson, was court martialed in New York City, following allegations that he defended his outpost inadequately.

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This article was written by Laurence Brown. Laurence is a British expat living in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a contributor for BBC America and has written for Anglotopia. He is Editor-in-chief of Lost in the Pond and loves nothing more than to share these articles with anglophiles, expats, and other interested parties on social media. Follow Lost in the Pond on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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