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By Edwin G. Burrows

Between 1775 and 1783, a few 200,000 american citizens took up hands opposed to the British Crown. simply over 6,800 of these males died in conflict. approximately 25,000 grew to become prisoners of battle, so much of them constrained in ny urban lower than stipulations so atrocious that they perished by means of the hundreds of thousands. proof means that at the least 17,500 americans can have died in those prisons—more than two times the quantity to die at the battlefield. It used to be in ny, now not Boston or Philadelphia, the place such a lot americans gave their lives for the reason for independence.

New York urban turned the jailhouse of the yank Revolution since it was once the important base of the Crown’s army operations. starting with the bumper crop of yankee captives taken through the 1776 invasion of latest York, captured americans have been crammed right into a swiftly assembled selection of public constructions, sugar homes, and legal ships. The prisoners have been shockingly overcrowded and chronically underfed—those who escaped alive informed of work-mates so hungry they ate their very own outfits and shoes.

Despite the intense variety of lives misplaced, Forgotten Patriots is the first-ever account of what came about in those hell-holes. the result's a special point of view at the innovative warfare in addition to a sobering remark on how americans have remembered our fight for independence—and how a lot we've forgotten.

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