THE WAR: Coming Battle for New York

Coming Battle for New York

At 9 o'clock in the morning on the 29th of June, sentinels posted on the roof of the Kennedy House at No. 1 Broad Way suddenly noted warning signals fluttering on Staten Island. Major General Sir William Howe's invasion fleet, two weeks out of Halifax, had at last arrived in force at the entrance to New York's outer harbor.

For a time, as the fleet continued to gather near Sandy Hook, the city was calm. But on July 2, when British ships headed up the Narrows, New York...