Account of Battle of Long Island written a day after the battle
t Ext r ad of a letter from New I'ork, j?utufl 28, eight o clock, P. M. " This minute returned from our linea onLong - Ifland, where I Hit hisExcellency the General 5 from him I have it in command to inform Congref3, that yefterday he went there and continued till evening, when, from the enemy having landed a confiderable purt of their forces, and many of their movements, there was reafen to apprehend they would make in a little time a general attack. As they would have a wood to pafs though before they could approach our lines, it was thought expedient to place a number cf men there on the different road3 ' leading from whence they were ftaticned, in order to har - r2fs and annoy them on their march. This being done, early this morning a fmart engagement cr.fued bjtween the enemy and our detachments, which, being unequal to the force they had to contend with, have fuftained a pretty confiderable lofs j at leaft many of cur men are miffing. Among thofe that have not returned are Gen. Sullivan and Lord Stirling. The enemy 'a iefs is not known certainly, but we are told by fuch of our troops that were in the engagement, and what have come in, that they had many killed and wounded. Our party brought ofT a Lieutenant, Serjeant, and Corporal, with twenty privates, prifoners. While thele detachments were engaged, a column of the enemy defcended from the woods, and marched towards the center lines, with a difign to make an imprefiion, but were repulfed. This evening they appeared very numerous about the ikirtsof the woods, where they have pitched feveral tents j and his Excellency inclines to think they mean to attack and force us from our lines by way cf regular approaches rather than in any other manner. To day five fliips of the line came uj? towards the town, where they feeir.ed de - firous of getting, as they turned a long time againft an unfavourable wind. And on my return this evening, I found a deferter from the 13d regiment, who informed me that they defign, as foon as the wind will pcuuit them, to come up, give us a fevere cannonkde, and to filence our batteries, if pcflible.' I am, &c."