October 12 This day during the American Revolution

October 12, 1776 -at Throg’s Point, New York – Gen. William Howe embarked with most of his army aboard 80 ships, traversed treacherous Hell Gate, and landed 4,000 troops on Throg’s Point (Neck) in an effort to outflank the American position on Harlem Heights. On October 12, when the British attempted to cross a causeway and a ford to Manhatten, American musket fire from only 25 rangers, under Col. Edward Hand, drove the British back. The small American force was reinforced and both sides dug in. Howe’s remaining force landed later in the day.

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