During my walks in the neighborhood, I frequently pass through historical areas where the largest battle in the American Revolutionary War was fought. It is known as the Battle of Long Island and the fighting covered a large area of modern day Brooklyn, including Brooklyn Heights, the Gowanus area, Prospect Park and Greenwood Cemetery. The outcome did not favor the Continental Army which suffered over three hundred casualties and a thousand captured, most of whom were imprisoned on British ships moored in Wallabout Bay. The battle was a defeat for our fledgling forces that day, however George Washington and his remaining troops did manage to escape by boat to Manhattan. These on-site sketches are not meant to be a literal representation of those landscapes but speak to the invisible forces of nature that subsist on such hallowed ground.