Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Gen. Nathaniel Woodhull

     On August 31, 1776, Colonel Henry B. Livingston wrote to General George Washington, "I have...received by express an account, which may be depended upon, that General Woodhull was taken prisoner by our enemies on Wednesday last."
     Nathaniel Woodhull was the President of the New York Provincial Congress and the commander of the Suffolk County, New York militia.  The previous Wednesday was August 28, a day after the Battle of Long Island.
     Livingston wrote, "General Woodhull was taken a prisoner and treated cruelly by them.  After he was taken he received in his head, and much uncivil language, and finally committed close prisoner to Jamaica jail."
     For background on the Jamaica neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, please consult the Wikipedia entry on Jamaica.  For more on General Nathaniel Woodhull, please consult Edwin G. Burrows, Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War (New York: Basic Books, 2008), page 14 and page 269note26.  
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