5000 Taken as Prisoners

“ November 25th, 1776. There are now 5,000 prisoners in town, many of them half naked. Congress deserts the poor wretches, — have sent them neither provisions nor clothing, nor paid attention to their distress nor that of their families. Their situation must have been doubly deplorable, but for the humanity of the King’s officers. Every possible attention has been given, considering their great numbers and necessary confinement, to alleviate their distress arising from guilt, sickness, and poverty.”

Source: The Gaine’s Mercury, a Tory newspaper published in New York during the British…

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