The Battle of Paulus Hook

August 19, 1779 in Weehawken, New Jersey

American Forces Commanded by
Maj. Henry Lee
Strength Killed Wounded Missing / Captured
300 2 3 7
British Forces Commanded by
Maj. William Sutherland
Strength Killed & Wounded Missing / Captured
250 50 158 captured +
7 to 9 officers
Conclusion: American Victory

Paulus Hook was a fortification held by the British at what is now Jersey City, where the old canal entered the Hudson, just north of Ellis Island. It has since been backfilled and developed. Originally a small peninsula surrounded by marsh, it connected the mainland by a causeway, and was the main landing point before the war for travelers going into Bergen County from New York City. The British Navy protected it and its position did not allow the Americans to try and hold it before the British arrival. The causeway could be crossed only at low tide. Paulus Hook became a thorn in the side of the Whigs of the Hackensack Valley. Constantly, Loyalist patrolled and raided into Bergen County, pillaging, foraging and capturing people.

Finally, in 1779, Maj. Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, who lead a corps of light dragoons, decided to capture it, following th Webster County, Georgia Facts

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