The little-known terrible story of the sailors during the American Revolution who were imprisoned in wretched conditions on British prison ships, as many as 1,100 on board one ship, off the Brooklyn shore of the East River.
Hell on the East River: British Prison Ships in the American Revolution
About the Book
Glorious names like Concord, Saratoga, Valley Forge and Yorktown still ring proudly in American history and are universally recognized. Far fewer people have heard of Wallabout Bay on the Brooklyn shore of the East River or know the terrible story of American sailors who were imprisoned there on wretched hulks like the Jersey. Probably more Americans died there than in all the battles of the War for Independence.
Hell on the East River uses the prisoners’ own accounts to describe the agony of imprisonment, analyzes the number of deaths, examines the reason for the tragedy, and describes the 100-year struggle to erect the present Prison Ship Martyrs’ monument in Fort Green Park, Brooklyn.
About the Author
A retired National Park Service historian, Larry Lowenthal wrote Marinus Willett: Defender of the Northern Frontier and From the Coalfields to the Hudson: A History of the Delaware & Hudson Canal, also published by Purple Mountain Press.
6 x 9 inches