Visual Resources: The Chaos of War

These documents, posts, and other resources are here to help people answer a series of important questions related to the Maryland soldiers who fought in the Battle of Brooklyn.

What was the battle like for the soldiers and their leaders?
What were the Maryland officers like and how did they preform in the field? What did the American Army do during the battle?

How the battle played out – 18th century warfare was a very chaotic affair.  Personal accounts of the battle shed light on a rather difficult bit of history that historians have tried to piece together for over two centuries.  Drive into their words and see what the battle was like from their eyes:

Examining the thoughts of their leader – explore what some of the officers of the First Maryland Regiment thought of the Battle of Brooklyn.

A letter from Col. Smallwood to the the Maryland to the Maryland Convention, discussing the battle.

Hearing about war through the press – Newspapers across the American colonies reported on the war regularly. Check out this account of the Battle of White Plains as told through the reporting of the Maryland Gazette.

The war from many angles – The images below display notes, maps, and other documents related to the battle and the men who fought in it.  Some of these documents have more detailed information available, so follow the links in their descriptions below.

The first image is a landing map of the Battle of Brooklyn. The second is an outline of how officers were preforming their duties.  The third, captures a captain’s personal letter to a friend.  Fourth is a letter from Francis Ware.  Fifth examines muster roles in order to see the demographics of the unit. The Sixth, examines the will of a young Corporal who was preparing for war.

Double click on any of the images below to see them full sized.

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