Wednesday, February 15, 2017

5000 Prisoners Taken by the British #virginiapioneers

5000 Prisoners Taken by British 

British Prison Ship" 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 occupancy.  Washington Co. VA Genealogy Resources and Histories

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