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Tango0101 Dec 2017 11:08 a.m. PST

…the American Revolution.

"Moored off the coast of Brooklyn until the end of the war, the derelict ship, the HMS Jersey, was a living hell for thousands of Americans either captured by the British or accused of disloyalty. Crammed below deck--a shocking one thousand at a time--without light or fresh air, the prisoners were scarcely fed food and water. Disease ran rampant and human waste fouled the air as prisoners suffered mightily at the hands of brutal British and Hessian guards. Throughout the colonies, the mere mention of the ship sparked fear and loathing of British troops. It also sparked a backlash of outrage as newspapers everywhere described the horrors onboard the ghostly ship. This shocking event, much like the better-known Boston Massacre before it, ended up rallying public support for the war.

Revealing for the first time hundreds of accounts culled from old newspapers, diaries, and military reports, award-winning historian Robert P. Watson follows the lives and ordeals of the ship's few survivors to tell the astonishing story of the cursed ship that killed thousands of Americans and yet helped secure victory in the fight for Independence"

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2017 4:22 a.m. PST

Geesh. I had heard of this but didn't know it was this bad.

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Personal logo Ironwolf Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2017 9:27 p.m. PST

Wow, other than what history has claimed. I've not ever read any first hand accounts.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2017 10:30 a.m. PST

I always have problems with "untold stories" written almost 250 years after the fact.
I dislike hyperbole in the marketing in particular. "…helped security in the fight for independence." Really? And responsible for "11,000 deaths"? Seriously?
I have no doubt conditions were terrible. It's exaggeration that annoys me.

Tango0105 Dec 2017 11:10 a.m. PST

Seems this is not going to be a "Best Seller"… (smile)

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greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Dec 2017 10:46 a.m. PST

Winston

The prisoner ships in the south off Charleston I think are mentioned a number of times in The Green Dragoon – Banastre Tarleton and Swamp Fox: The life and campaigns of General Francis Marion. Also in Killing England the mother of President Andrew Jackson bartered his release from one of these ships when he was just a boy drummer in the Continental Army. She dedicated what was left of her life to helping prisoners on these ships. She contracted an illness and died before the war ended.

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