Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War

Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War

by Edwin G. Burrows
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Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
iluvvideo More than 1 year ago
An amazing book that re-introduces us to the forgotten patriots of the American Revolution; American and American sympathetic prisoners taken during the war against Great Britain for our independence. Written by Edwin G. Burrows, this exhaustively researched and documented look at early America provides a fascinating window into a time long forgotten by most Americans and swept under the rug of history by our own government! War provides heroes and villains, but it also gives us a look into ourselves, our character, our true nature as human beings. Both sides in the Revolutionary War dealt with the horrific toll of war. Death, injury, and the prisoners taken captive in the struggle. Great Britain refused to consider Americans captured as prisoners of war, instead calling them 'rebels', criminals against the Crown rule. Many thousands were incarcerated in early New York City. In prison ships, converted sugar houses and almost every sizable building, prisoners were crammed into areas so small that they could not lie down to rest or sleep. Food was in small quantity and quality. Looking at just caloric intake, the diet that Great Britain claimed was provided to the captives was small enough to have induced the mostly sedentary prisoners to lose almost a pound of body weight weekly! Vermin and disease were rampant. Prisoners died horribly daily and were tossed in piles naked until they could be buried in shallow pits near by the prisons. Complaints were lodged by prisoners, their families, clergy, visitors and our government. All went unheeded or at best given cursory answers that reflected little of the truth. They were promised release if they would renounce the American struggle for independence and sign up in service to Britain! Humiliation,torture and even murder were routine treatments. So why aren't these patriots remembered and revered as Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and others? Shortly after winning our independence we found ourselves as British allies against Napoleonic France. To present a divided front and/or alienate Great Britain would expose a young America to further warfare which could prove disastrous. So the Revolutionary prisoners and their stories were allowed to fade from public display. It later became a crime to stir up any anti British sentiment. No monuments or any public remembrance continued. It was not until the mid twentieth century that these men and women received some semblance of their worth to America's history. It was an honor too long overdue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books provides an entirely different picture of the Revolutionary War. We read, see and hear so much about the battles and events but few think about or remember those who fought but became prisoners and their ordeal. It was very enlightening.
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