On July 16, the attack on Stony Point was carried out, resulting in a victory for the Americans. The success inspired Major Henry Lee to propose to General Washington the idea to attack Paulus Hook. Originally hesitant, Washington eventually agreed to the plan, and Lee assembled a group of 400 men to carry out the attack. On August 18, the Americans began traveling towards Paulus Hook hoping to attack at midnight.
After enduring minor setbacks during their travels, the Americans reached Paulus Hook around 3:00 am. Navigating through a marsh, the Americans reached and swarmed into the garrison, overwhelming British forces. Major William Sutherland retreated from the garrison while the Americans finished securing the outpost, capturing 159 enemies in their attack. The battle resulted in two killed, three wounded, and seven captured on the American side, while the British endured 30 killed and injured, and 159 captured. This victory, in addition to the Stony Point victory, convinced General Henry Clinton that the region wouldn't be easily captured, prompting him to plan a campaign for the southern colonies to be carried out the following year.