I’m very proud of this article. I spent a few months working on it and gathering primary sources to validate various aspects. It is also personal–an ancestor of mine, Nicholas Oblinger–was in the Northampton County Flying Camp and was present at the Battle of Long Island with Nicholas Kern’s company. He escaped capture and served in the militia throughout the rest of the war.
Nevertheless, it is a harrowing story of an understrength battalion of amateur soldiers holding off General Grant’s many-thousands strong veteran force for several hours. It was one of the few successful stories from the Battle of Long Island and yet it is hardly every told. As we are in the shadow of Veteran’s Day, let’s remember these brave men that history nearly forgot: