This... might be my favorite wide shot in the entire body of work that is The Dreamer. Poor Mr. Howard. But You go, General Howe!
Well, for historical honesty's sake, it was General Sir Henry Clintons' idea, but Howe, for once, took it. The two really couldn't stand each other, and since Howe was the senior officer, he usually ignored Clinton for better or worse. For whatever reason on Long Island he used Clinton's idea, and it paid off.
The American forts, however, stretched for miles across Brooklyn, backed up to the East River. The fort seen here was one of five (I think) all connected by walls and trenches.
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