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One of America’s most-important Revolutionary War sites — the Old Stone House in Park Slope — was burglarized by thieves who stole two computers and cash overnight on Nov. 21.

Police say that the fiendish Redcoat entered the historic museum — a recreation of the famous stone farmhouse where Maryland soldiers held off the British so that George Washington and his troops could flee to Manhattan — and helped himself to the two computers, plus $200 that had been in a safe bolted to the floor.

The colonial-era museum — a repository on information about the Battle of Brooklyn, the first major engagement in the War of Independence — was closed at the time of the break in, though there was no sign of forced entry, cops said.

Kim Maier, who runs the museum and cultural center, said the loss of two computers was troubling, but not only because such equipment is hard for a nonprofit group to come by.

“It’s disconcerting that someone would want to steal from a community group,” she said.

Much of the information in the hard drives — including, ironically, a fundraising letter that was about to be mailed to supporters — was backed up. But Maier can’t retrieve one personal item with special meaning — a letter opener given to her by the operators of Stirling Castle in Scotland, the ancestral home of William Alexander, a hero of the Battle of Brooklyn.

“It was in the drawer and the thief must have just grabbed it because it looked cool,” she said.

The letter opener was a cherished momento of one of Maier’s personal heroes, the hunky Lord Stirling, who led the doomed Marylanders who held off the British and Hessian soldiers to give Washington time to escape from that 1776 standoff.

Maier said she especially appreciated how Stirling handled the end of the battle.

“He surrendered to the Hessians rather than the British — out of spite,” she said.

Tax deductible donations to replace the stolen computers are welcome. Please call (718) 768-3195.

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Leon Freilich from Park Slope says:
Surrender, Thief, and return the plunder

Or for your egregious blunder

Twist in torment six feet under.

--So says Washington in thunder!

And may Gersh have mercy as you sunder.
Nov. 30, 2010, 2:24 pm
Michael from Park Slope says:
No sign of forced entry? Did one of the employees forget to lock the door and windows? I've lived in Brooklyn all my life, mostly in Park Slope. There's nothing cutsie about not taking simple precautions.

Until the neighborhood "improved," the old stone house was constantly being vandalized. Now that it's been restored, the least people responsible can do is have presence of mind. There are still some anti-social elements around. This isn't candyland.
Nov. 30, 2010, 2:25 pm
lolcat from pslope says:
Friend was mugged in the bathroom of that place in JHS. True story.
Nov. 30, 2010, 8:33 pm
tommy from brooklyn heights says:
"Battle of Brooklyn, the first major engagement in the War of Independence..."

Uh, Lexington and Concord (April 19, 1775) and Bunker Hill (June 17, 1775) were both more than a year before the Battle of Brooklyn.
Dec. 1, 2010, 1:49 am
Michael from Park Slope says:
tommy--

Bunker Hill was the first major battle of the American Revolution. However, the war was confined to Massachusetts during that first year of fighting. With the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, Congress in effect formally declared that all 13 colonies were in fact at war with Great Britain. The Battle of Brooklyn was, in this sense, the first major battle in the War of independence.
Dec. 3, 2010, 1:12 am
truth hurts from park slope says:
blacks.
Dec. 15, 2010, 4:10 pm
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:

... the HUNKY Lord Stirling?? How do you know?
Oct. 5, 2011, 1:31 pm

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