Prisoners of War at Dartmoor: American and French Soldiers and Sailors in an English Prison During the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812

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British history as it really was--no glamour but a straightforward account of what happened in a rural corner of England two hundred years ago during a fierce conflict with her traditional enemy France and an unexpected second war with a former colony, the United States. The incarceration of French and American prisoners of war in Dartmoor Prison was an astonishing episode in itself, where acts of cruelty and degradation by their guardians were countered by defiance and a spirited loyalty by the prisoners to their respective countries. Much of the story is told firsthand by those who were there, against a background of warfare and glorious victories on all sides. The author relates how a barren landscape that was (and is) subject to the worst of winter weather was transformed into a thriving township by one very determined man, Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt and why such a place was chosen to build a prison. The design and costs of constructing the prison, and its later development are fully explained. There are several surprises in this true account of happenings inside and outside the prison.

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"dozens of images...dramatically illustrate the depot and prisoners' lives...James knows the material and has walked the ground"--Naval History; "full of interesting details of the origins of the prison itself and life within its walls"--The Mariner's Mirror; "This author is a well known authority on Dartmoor Prison and here in his new book he tells us what it would have been like to have lived in this hell hole they called the Dartmoor Depot"--Dartmoor News; "James's study of the harrowing captivity of more than six thousand Americans in the British prison called Dartmoor is a significant contribution to our knowledge about the conflict and the treatment of prisoners of war more broadly"--H-Net Reviews.

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