Researching the American Revolution

Your source for information on the American War of Independence

Patriot Prisoners of War

Martyrs Monument, Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, NY

Primary Sources

Boudinot, Elias, and Joseph Lee Boyle. “Their Distress Is Almost Intolerable”: The Elias Boudinot Letterbook, 1777-1778. Bowie, Md: Heritage Books, 2002.

Dring, Thomas, and David Swain. Recollections of Life on the Prison Ship Jersey in 1782: A Revolutionary War-Era Manuscript. Yardley, Pa: Westholme, 2010.


Stone, Thomas. “Experiences of a Prisoner in the American Revolution.” Edited by Hiram Stone. The Journal of the American History Two, no. Third (1908): 527–29.


Secondary Sources

Booth, Mary L. History of the City of New York. Vol. 2. New York: W. R. C. Clark, 1867.

Borick, Carl P. Relieve Us of This Burthen: American Prisoners of War in the Revolutionary South, 1780-1782. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2012.

Ranlet, Philip. “In the Hands of the British: The Treatment of American POWs during the War of Independence.” The Historian 62, no. 4 (2000): 731–57.

Watson, Robert P. The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the Revolutionary War. Boston: Da Capo Press, 2017.

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