Site of the Dongan Oak

Site of the Dongan Oak (HM8JV)

Location: Springfield, NY 11225 Kings County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 39.965', W 73° 57.992'

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At the Battle of Long Island, on the hill to the north of this spot, the Americans had a redoubt with two guns, to guard the old Valley Grove Road, called by the early settlers the "Porte", meaning gate-way through the hills, and which ran in front of this monument. By that road stood a white-oak, mentioned in the patent of Governor Dongan, November 12, 1685, as a marker between Flatbush and Brooklyn. This tree was cut down and thrown across the road. With the dense woods on the south and swamps on the north, it made an important obstruction.

Americans, commanded by General Sullivan, valiantly defended this position against the Hessian General De Heister, until attacked from the rear by British troops, under General Clinton, then they retired in good order, bringing off their artillery.

Lower Plaque:
This Monument
dedicated on
November 25, 1922
was restored by
The Prospect Park Alliance.

Alexander Ettl,
the original caster
recreated F. W. Ruckstull's
eagle and plaque.

June 6, 1991
HM NumberHM8JV
Year Placed1991
Placed ByProspect Park Alliance
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 6:25am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 587354 N 4502203
Decimal Degrees40.66608333, -73.96653333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 39.965', W 73° 57.992'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 39' 57.90" N, 73° 57' 59.52" W
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Area Code(s)718
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 41 East Dr, Springfield NY 11225, US
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