The White Plains Historical Society

Battle of White Plains

October 26, 2008 - White Plains, NY.

A sunny, warm, summery day at the Jacob Purdy House greeted a large crowd for the 232nd Battle Of White Plains Celebration. Admission was free.

The Battle of White Plains was fought October 28, 1776 between the American and British armies. Its importance to the New York campaign of 1776 cannot be overlooked despite the small number of troops involved. The American Army had lost a series of battles from Long Island up to the tip of Manhattan when General George Washington decided to fortify the hills of White Plains and make a stand against the British, led by General Sir William Howe. After a bloody encounter on Chatterton Hill (followed by wet weather), Howe and his army return to New York City, giving Washington a much needed break, and setting the stage for his surprise victory at Trenton on Christmas Day, 1776.

Large Crowd at Jacob Purdy House

Denis Jones Demonstrates Making Musket Balls to Scouts

Flag Raising Preparations

Visit to Revolutionary War Camp Site

Program Distribution

Rev. Jef Gamblee, Invocation

Bridget Colgan, Tribute to America

Roll of Honor, John Vorperian, 1st Vice President WPHS

5th New York Regiment

Pawling's Levies

Mourning Arms


At Ease


Photographs by Rob Hoch and Lou DeGenaro