This small urban park is dedicated to the memory of Captain Malcolm A. Rafferty. A resident of Long Island at the turn-of-the-century, Rafferty served in Company F of the 71st New York Volunteers during the Spanish-American War and distinguished himself during the famous Battle of San Juan Hill. During the heat of that battle, Rafferty was ordered to lead his company to the top of San Juan Hill. According to the report published by the Adjutant General of New York, Rafferty was one of several line officers ordered to lead his men up the hill, although several other officers either failed to receive the order or reported back that the order could not be followed.
Backstory and Context
Gallant Captain Rafferty Dying, San Francisco Call, 23 May 1899.
Capt. Rafferty's Body Here, to be Buried To-day with Military Honors, New York Times, September 3, 1903.
Matthew Er, "Hero Capt. Malcolm Rafferty is Honored," Queens Chronicle,Dec 18, 2014 http://www.qchron.com/editions/western/hero-capt-malcolm-rafferty-is-honored/article_9c797c16-7340-5... accessed 2/28/16