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General Howe Character Study by comic-chic General Howe Character Study by comic-chic
This is the last of the original character designs from my webcomic The Dreamer. I almost forgot about Sir Billy! What an injustice that would've been.

General Sir William Howe was not just a general in the British army, but the general. From mid 1775 (after General Gage got the boot) to 1778, General Howe was the Commander-in-Chief of the British armed forces in America. He was a front line field officer at Bunker Hill, and led three rounds of soldiers to the Rail Fence that Captain Thomas Knowlton and his 200 Connecticut men held down. At the end of the third trip, Howe was the only officer still standing. (Bloody Americans!)

Howe is an interesting choice of villain because he actually didn't hate the Americans. But they made him pretty angry after 1,000 British casualties at Bunker Hill. He had initially said that he would never fight the Americans, but when he realized how unhappy Parliament was with General Gage's performance in Massachusetts, he knew he had a chance at taking his spot as Commander-in-Chief and hoped to bring peace to the strife between the colonies and Britain. (Which he did. Replace Gage that is, not bring peace!)

His older brother "Black Dick" (or Lord Richard Howe) was the Admiral of the navy and sailed to the U.S. as a peace ambassador. The Howes' oldest brother had died a war hero in the French and Indian War and the Massachusetts Bay Colony had paid for a monument in his memory to be erected at Westminster Abbey, and neither of the younger brothers had forgotten this. Admiral Howe arrived in New York with his fleet of war ships and his Peace Commissioner papers in hand, just after that pesky proclaimation, the Declaration of Independence, had been written. (Too little, too late!)

But, alas, the Americans had lost their appetite for peace a long time ago, and General Howe was forced to fight. His strategies changed drastically after Bunker Hill, and he never again led a full scale frontal attack on the Americans when they were "dug in." In fact, he was criticized for being lazy (and spending too much time shacked up with his mistress Betsy Loring) when in fact he was cautious--he had learned his lesson that the Americans wouldn't fight nice. And he wasn't willing to lose 1,000 men in a single battle again.

So... meet William Howe, aka "Sir Billy", military man, heavy drinker, compulsive gambler, and fearless soldier.
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ShadoWolf0913 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I've been obsessively reading The Dreamer every free second I get ever since I came across this picture a few days ago. I'm on Issue 8 right now, and let me just say, your comic is really good. :D
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daughterofAthena1999 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well I'm Canadian so I guess I'm supposed to like the British. But now that I actually read this, British are really assholes. I'm not saying I love Americans, but I do like American history more than Canadian history and it's really interesting. But still when the Americans tried to invade Quebec in the middle of a snowstorm, I still think that's pretty stupid, no offence. I mean Americans are a lot smarter now, sort of :D
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional
LOL, I don't always love America either.  But I think our history is fascinating, so I write about that. :)
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daughterofAthena1999 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AHAHAH YOU REPLIED ON VALENTINES DAY
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tehproffesional Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
The man who just about single-handedly kicked Washington's ass all over Pennsylvania and out of the North......
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional
Yup! Washington certainly didn't win because of Military Might.
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tehproffesional Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
If Nathanael Greene wore a different color coat, we may have lost the war. He covered Washington's ass with a rear guard action almost every time Washington wanted to go escape artist mode. Indeed, the Americans never should've have won the Revolution or the War of 1812, but we did....
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cesaralexis Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
OK NOW I HAVE ANOTHER VIEW FROM THE CONTINENTALS ANOTHER QUESTION COMIC CHIC WHY DOES THE BRITISH USED A REDCOAT I MEAN WHY RED AND WHY DOES THE CONTINENTALS USED BLUECOATS? WHY THOSE COLOURS?
THANKS
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional
The British coat had been red for long before the Revolution, but not every regiment was red.

Likewise, not every reg. of the Cont. Army was blue. I'm not sure what their reasons were for the colors they picked...
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cesaralexis Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
WELL THE CONTINENTAL ARMY HAS GOOD STRATEGY NEVERTHELESS JUST LOOK A BRITISH REDCOAT THE COAT THE WHITE WIG AND THE FLINTLOCK PISTOL HEY COULD YOU TELL ME WHY DOES THE BRITISH USED WHITE WIGS ON 1700 ANF WHY DOES THE AMERICANS DOESNT?
THANKS
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