Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Clemency and Kindness

A report dated January 23, 1777 from Fishkill, New York relayed information about the Hessian soldiers captured by the Americans at Trenton, New Jersey and sent to Pennsylvania.

The Hessian prisoners were "greatly surprised to find themselves treated with clemency and kindness."  Most of the prisoners believed that if other German soldiers employed by Britain's King George III knew how well the prisoners were treated, the Hessians "would all desert."

The report appeared in the February 3, 1777 edition of Connecticut newspaper The Norwich Packet and the Connecticut, Massachusetts, New-Hampshire, and Rhode-Island Weekly Advertiser.     
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