POWs OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION details how thousands of patriots died in unthinkable conditions aboard British prison ships moored in New York's harbor. The victims' bones are still being found, their shallow graves exposed on modern-day Brooklyn shores. Drawing on memoirs and letters written by the doomed prisoners, this riveting special documents the appalling conditions they endured. Insight from leading naval historians, medical experts and other specialists helps reveal the many facets of this 18th-century atrocity.
This History channel program reveals the brutal treatment of American colonists imprisoned as enemy soldiers aboard British ships stationed in New York Harbor during the Revolutionary War. This harrowing chapter of U.S. history is brought to life through the POWs' letters and journals, as well as expert commentary from scholars and historians.
A revelation of the shocking story of how thousands of patriots died in horrific conditions aboard British prison ships moored in New York's harbor during the American Revolution. The victims' bones are still being found, their shallow graves exposed on modern-day Brooklyn shores. Drawing on memoirs and letters written by these prison-ship martyrs, we recount the appalling conditions of everyday life in the men's words. The daily mortality rate ran as high as 80% in the sub-zero winter temperatures or stifling heat of summer. Leading U.S. and British naval historians help interpret surviving documents and explain why this humanitarian disaster happened; an eminent surgical historian provides a medical perspective; a nutritionist sheds light on the gross inadequacies of the daily diet; and rare archive material and evocative reenactments bring to life this tragic episode in American history.