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Forgotten patriots : the untold story of American prisoners during the Revolutionary War

Author: Edwin G Burrows
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Between 1775 and 1783, some 200,000 Americans took up arms against the British Crown, and just over 6,800 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. New York City was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edwin G Burrows
ISBN: 9780465008353 0465008356 9780465020300 0465020305
OCLC Number: 191926052
Description: xii, 364 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Brooklyn --
Destined to the cord --
The stool of repentance --
A cry of barbarity & cruelty --
Sweet liberty --
War ad terrorem --
The war of words --
Dead reckonings --
Forgotten patriots.
Responsibility: Edwin G. Burrows.
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of Gotham tells the forgotten story of New York's British prison camps--and the nearly 20,000 patriots who lost their lives there.  Read more...

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