American Prisoners of War in Great Britain 1777-1783

By Eunice H. Turner, published August 1959


American prisoners taken during the conflict against America were treated with tolerance and good sense, for they were not necessarily fighting against Britain as much as against America. Many Americans escaped from prison in England and were picked up by the press gang, and had to make strenuous efforts to be returned to prison. Conditions in prison for prisoners of war were maintained at a higher level than that of ordinary prisoners, with a diet similar to that isued by the Admiralty for sailors, and provision of clothing.   This is contrasted with the treatment of English prisoners of the Americans, held in French prisons. Many prisoners escaped, others were exchanged.

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