Yankee sailors in British gaols : prisoners of war at Forton and Mill, 1777-1783 /
Sheldon S. Cohen.
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, c1995.
278 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
0874135648 (alk. paper)
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Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, c1995.
0874135648 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-270) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-04:
American war prisoners in British hands during the American Revolution have long been noted in American historical literature. However, not much has been written about US prisoners held in England, where more than 7,000 American seamen--mostly the crewmen of privateers--languished in British gaols. Cohen's heavily researched monograph attempts to fill that gap by describing the physical features and analyzing the organization of two sites where most of the American captives in England were kept. These included Forton Gaol near Portsmouth and Mill Gaol near Plymouth. Stressing place as well as personalities of captors and captives, Cohen characterizes life and interaction of captives with each other and with their captors. He delves into the work of English clergy and others who provided relief for unfortunate prisoners and even helped some to escape. Care of war captives was under the authority of a Commission for Sick and Hurt Seamen, which arranged several exchanges of prisoners with the US official representatives on the continent. Benjamin Franklin, as American envoy to Paris, played an important role in arranging such exchanges. Cohen describes the insider communities, including their mini-economies and insider political groups. Bating the captor was a major pastime, almost as a competitive sport. However, Cohen goes too far when he ascribes what are universal reactions against captivity by military men of all nations to the unique qualities of American character. General readers, undergraduates, and above. G. H. Davis; Georgia State University
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Yankee Sailors in British Gaols offers the first comprehensive account of American servicemen who were detained within the confines of Mill and Forton prisons in England during the American Revolution.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Antecedentsp. 15
The Prisons and the Prisonersp. 30
The Time of Settling In, May 1777-January 1778p. 55
First Fruits of Perseverance, January 1778-March 1779p. 90
The Inconstant Waves of Dame Fortune, March 1779-December 1780p. 125
Farewell to All That, January 1781-April 1783p. 163
Epiloguep. 207
Appendixp. 224
Notesp. 226
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 271
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