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

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Between 1775 and 1783, some 200,000 Americans took up arms against the British Crown. Just over 6,800 of those men died in battle. About 25,000 became prisoners of war, most of them confined in New York City under conditions so atrocious that they perished by the thousands. Evidence suggests that at least 17,500 Americans may have died in these prisons—more than twice the number to die on the battlefield. It was in New York, not Boston or Philadelphia, where most Americans gave their lives for the cause of independence.

New York City became the jailhouse of the American Revolution because it was the principal base of the Crowns military operations. Beginning with the bumper crop of American captives taken during the 1776 invasion of New York, captured Americans were stuffed into a hastily assembled collection of public buildings, sugar houses, and prison ships. The prisoners were shockingly overcrowded and chronically underfed—those who escaped alive told of comrades so hungry they ate their own clothes and shoes.

Despite the extraordinary number of lives lost, Forgotten Patriots is the first-ever account of what took place in these hell-holes. The result is a unique perspective on the Revolutionary War as well as a sobering commentary on how Americans have remembered our struggle for independence—and how much we have forgotten.

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of Gotham tells the forgotten story of New Yorks British prison camps—and the nearly 20,000 patriots who lost their lives there.

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Between 1775 and 1783, some 200,000 Americans took up arms against the British Crown—of them about 25,000 became prisoners of war. In the British prison ships of New York, captives were chronically underfed, while multitudes died of disease in fetid, cramped cells. The exact death toll cannot be known, but the evidence suggests that as many as 18,000 Americans died while incarcerated—more than twice as many as died on the battlefield.

Drawing on a vast array of diaries, personal narratives, and private correspondence, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Edwin G. Burrows offers in Forgotten Patriots the first complete history of this ghastly and unacknowledged tragedy of the American Revolution.

About the Author

Edwin G. Burrows is Distinguished Professor of History at Brooklyn College. He is the coauthor of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, which won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for History. He lives in Northport, New York.

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ISBN:
9780465020300
Author:
Burrows, Edwin G.
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Author:
Burrows, Edwin
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Subject:
General History
Subject:
US History-Revolution and Constitution Era
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Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Series Volume:
The Untold Story of
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in
Age Level:
14-UP

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of Gotham tells the forgotten story of New Yorks British prison camps—and the nearly 20,000 patriots who lost their lives there.
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Between 1775 and 1783, some 200,000 Americans took up arms against the British Crown—of them about 25,000 became prisoners of war. In the British prison ships of New York, captives were chronically underfed, while multitudes died of disease in fetid, cramped cells. The exact death toll cannot be known, but the evidence suggests that as many as 18,000 Americans died while incarcerated—more than twice as many as died on the battlefield.

Drawing on a vast array of diaries, personal narratives, and private correspondence, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Edwin G. Burrows offers in Forgotten Patriots the first complete history of this ghastly and unacknowledged tragedy of the American Revolution.

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