7-15-11: The Maryland 400

July 15, 2011 at 8:00 am 1 comment

This conversation originally aired November 10, 2010.

On August 27, 1776, the British attacked New York–the first big battle of the Revolutionary War. American forces in what is now Brooklyn were greatly outnumbered. General George Washington could envision near total slaughter of his 13,000 men. He ordered a retreat.

Soldiers from Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland stayed back to provide cover. Eventually, all of those men, except for about 400 Marylanders, also were ordered to retreat.

Those left would be buried in a mass grave and go down in history as the “Maryland 400.”

This line of Maryland soldiers–the “old line,” which gave us our state nickname –were outnumbered 5 to 1. They fought bravely, but were decimated.

George Washington watched from afar as his army retreated behind the Maryland 400’s cover. “Good God!” he said. “What brave fellows I must this day lose.

Who were these men?

Linda Davis Reno asked herself that question when she first heard the story.  She went on to write a book called The Maryland 400 in the Battle of Long Island, 1776.

Sheilah talks to Linda Davis Reno and former New York Assemblyman Joe Ferris, who organizes an annual parade in Brooklyn that honors the Maryland 400.

The annual commemoration ceremony for the Battle of Brooklyn takes place August 28 in Greenwood Cemetery.


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  • 1. David L. Smith  |  August 21, 2011 at 9:22 am

    What a great group of American Patriots to remember the Maryland 400, I praise Linda Reno for her diligence in researching and writing for all her book presenting the saga of the Maryland 400 and present-ing their names as well. The State of Maryland should do more to acknowledge the great contribution of these men in preserving the birth of the United States.


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