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L D
August 20th, 2004, 06:44 AM
In 1776, the British prepared for the invasion of Long Island by massing troops and Hessian mercenaries on Staten Island. The Revolutionary War began with invasion of Long Island by troops crossing the Verrazano Narrows on barges constructed on Staten Island. After the War of 1812, two forts were built on either side of the Narrows to protect the entrance of Inner New York Harbor: Fort Hamilton on the Brooklyn side, and Fort Wadsworth on the Staten Island side. Battery Weed, a large granite fortress, was built prior to the Civil War with in a commanding position on the Staten Island shore overlooking the Harbor.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/LewisD/Battery%20Weed%20August%2018%202004/longview.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/LewisD/Battery%20Weed%20August%2018%202004/security.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/LewisD/Battery%20Weed%20August%2018%202004/berries.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/LewisD/Battery%20Weed%20August%2018%202004/foggy.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/LewisD/Battery%20Weed%20August%2018%202004/blue.jpg

i took these on a walk there with my girlfriend...later that night, looking around the net, i found this pic, from 1896:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/LewisD/Battery%20Weed%20August%2018%202004/1896_ground.jpg

AJphx
August 23rd, 2004, 01:08 AM
thanks! that is a very nice looking, well-preserved fort. Interesting clash with the bridge right next to it, too.

Frobozz
August 23rd, 2004, 06:59 AM
Juxtapositions like this really help you appreciate just how impressive modern engineering is. The fort is both massive & imposing....and completely dwarfed by the bridge.