In August 1776 Continental troops fought off British forces at the Battle of Long Island in one of the first major actions of the American Revolution.
More than 250 colonial soldiers were killed during the battle and their bodies dumped near the Gowanus Canal. To this day, their exact burial site remains a mystery.
The Battle of Long Island, also known as the Battle of Brooklyn or the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, was significant for a number of reasons.
Fought on Aug. 27, 1776, it was the first major battle in the Revolutionary War following the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the largest battle of the entire conflict and the first battle in which an army of the United States engaged, having declared itself a nation only the month before.
Now, Brooklyn civic groups are leading a charge to discover the location of these patriots, according to the New York Post.
“These are the men who allowed America to come into existence — it’s a question that needs to be resolved,” said Marlene Donnelly, a member of the Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus, which is working with archeologists to re-examine the region and urge action.