The battle for Long Island started in Brooklin. The British troops were lead by two brothers, General Howe and Admiral Howe. When the British troops arived, the Americans soon noticed that they were out numbered 2 to 1. The battle started! The British first at a disadvantage, soon took over. The American troops had left a big gap in their line, and were caught off gaurd when the British surrounded them and attacked. The Americans had no choice but to run, and the only escape rout was by a marsh. After this fight, the British expected General George Washington to surrender, but he would not. The Americans were willing to fight. In the middle of the night, the Americans took turns riding in a small boat over to New York. In the morrning when the British traveled to the American's site, all they saw was General George Washington and the last of the American soldiers in the last boat to New York.