Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Prison Ship Nancy


American Revolutionary Mordecai Sheftall was serving as the deputy commissary of issues (supplies) for the Southern Department when the British captured Savannah in December 1778. 

In his diary for 28 December 1778, Sheftall recorded that it was Captain John Stanhope, of the sloop of war Raven, who ordered Mordecai and his fifteen-year-old son onto the prison ship Nancy, after giving Sheftall a verbal barrage of “the most illiberal abuse….” 

For an excerpt from Sheftall's diary, please consult Jules Chametzky, ed., JewishAmerican Literature: A Norton Anthology (New York: W. W. Norton, 2001), pages 30-31.
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