Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

Aug. 27, 1776, British Gen. Howe had trapped 8,000 American troops on Brooklyn Heights, intending to crush them the next morning. Desperate, Washington spent all night ferrying his army across the East River. Morning came yet half his troops were still in danger. Surprisingly, a fog arose, allowing the entire army to evacuated! Never again could the British trap Washington. Maj. Ben Tallmadge wrote: “As the dawn approached, those of us who remained in the trenches became very anxious for our own safety. … At this time a very dense fog began to rise. … I recollect this peculiar providential occurrence perfectly well.”