American Revolution Prisoners of War

I just learned from a podcast today that there were probably, four to one, more America Revolutionary soldiers that died from horrible conditions, while as prisoners, either in a building or on a British ship, than killed from battle wounds!

This got me to thinking about how I could find lists of these men. We, Hamilton/Pepper’s, have many Colonial ancestors and now I am wondering about what impact the prisons may have had on our family lines?

My Aunt Judy (Pepper) Clark and I are still trying to find a “missing” ancestor right around the time of the American Revolution and the Battle of 1812. Hmmm, where can we find lists of those prisoners, do any even exist?

Well, yes they do! Here is a site I just found: Project Gutenberg’s American Prisoners of the Revolution by Danske Dandridge

The iTunes Podcast was, Bloomberg Presents Lewis Lapham’s The World in Time, Episode 60, September 15, 2011 about Ethan Allen.

There are several internet sites that give more information about the American Prisoner’s on British ships and a new book is available at Hamilton Book no less, Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War, by Edwin G. Burrows.


About Teresa Hamilton/Pepper Rust

Married to Brad Rust for 43 years. Mother of two lads and two lasses and the gran of Aidan and Jacob. I love learning and sharing information about the Scottish prisoners of war. My hobbies are reading, especially history, and British 18th and 19th Century literature. I do a little knitting and really like traveling and look forward to new travel adventures!
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