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Following the Battle of Long Island (August 27, 1776), more than 5,000 refugees fled Long Island and New York City for the security of Connecticut. The account of their flight and subsequent adventures, their biographies and genealogies, and the history of New York in the Revolution form the main subject of this giant work. Its 1,204 closely documented pages, 886 illustrations, and 20,000-name index furnish the historian with exhaustive and fascinating reference material. Contrary to some popularly held opinions, the refugees were not Tories; many of them saw service with the militia and the Continental Army, and their service records are included in the text along with a complete list of the Long Island Militia and the Long Island census for 1776.