"Revolutionary America! 1763-1789 April 20-November 3, 2002

Threats to the Continental Army:
Starvation, Disease, Casualteis, Capture

Prisoners of War

photo of domino set

In this photo:
DOMINO SET carved of bone in 1775 by an American prisoner of war. The set was possibly carved from cow bone, but since prisoners were rarely given meat, your imagination might fill in other possibilities.
  On loan from the collection of:
    --Andy Ball, Des Moines IA

Floating Dungeons

Thousands of prisoners were packed into the hulls of British ships off the shores of New York. Over 1200 prisoners cramped below each deck suffered through stench, malnutrition, starvation and disease. Smallpox and yellow fever raged in these dungeons of horror. According to an eyewitness, the floors were covered with human filth and the bones of the dead. An estimated 8,500 to 11,000 Americans died as POWs - at least one-half of the 18,000 who had been captured. American officers were more fortunate, often exchanged for captured British officers.


The French
  Prisoners of War (You are here)
Redcoats and Turncoats
  Benedict Arnold
Southern Campaign


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