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Rooke, Henry (fl. 1775-1783) [British soldier's journal detailing New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania engagements during the Revolutionary War]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03881.04 Author/Creator: Rooke, Henry (fl. 1775-1783) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph manuscript Date: 27 August 1776- 1777 Pagination: 1 v. : 21 p. ; 16.5 x 9.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Rooke, a British soldier, records various Revolutionary War events. Discusses the Battle of Long Island, during which he estimates 1,500 Americans were killed and 2,000 taken prisoner. Mentions the November 1776 British capture of Fort Lee, New Jersey. States that the fort was abandoned when his regiment arrived. Refers to General George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River (December 1776). Discusses the British takeover of Philadelphia and deterrents regarding a British attack on Washington at Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania.

Background Information:

People: Rooke, Henry, fl. 1775-1783
Washington, George, 1732-1799

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: BattleRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicySoldier's DiaryBattle of Long Island (Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights)DeathPrisoner of WarContinental ArmyFortificationPresidentRevolutionary War General

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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