5000 Taken as Prisoners

British Prison Ship “Jersey”

“ 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 Night Watchman Announced the Capture of Cornwallis How to Revolutionary War Affected those at Home This is the time for War! Patrick Henry, the Eloquent Patriot 1776. The Battle of Fort Washington Our Precious Freedom Won by our Ancestors American Rebels Show British Prisoners Great Humility Revolutionary War Pensions Provide Interesting Family Stories The Suffering of Prisoners Imposed by the British 1781 Map of Seige of Yorktown Revolutionary War Pensions on this website occupancy.

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