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400 Strong: The Battle Of Brooklyn

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Just weeks after the Declaration of Independence had been signed, George Washington’s rag-tag Continental Army confronted an immense British military force. Washington needed to retreat from Brooklyn into Manhattan--but how to buy time to do it? Four hundred young fighters from Maryland engaged the redcoats to give cover to the escaping Americans. Author Chris Formant blends historic facts with inference about emotions and motivations. His novel is: "Saving Washington: The Forgotten Story of the Maryland 400 and the Battle of Brooklyn."

Thurs Aug. 27 at 6:30pm Enoch Pratt Library is hosting a virtual lecture about the Maryland 400, with historian Owen Lourie from the Maryland State Archives. Here is registration information.

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