Robert Stark Letter to Nathaniel Greene 6/9/1781
Papers of the Congressional Congress M247-175 v. 2 pg. 298
National Archives and Records Administration
Transcribed by Billy Markland
As time will not permit me to give so particular a detail of my sufferings since a prisoner as I would wish to do; the [short?], hope it will induce the
American General in some measure to retaliate if we are not exchanged.
On the 14th day of June last I was taken prisoner on the road on my return home from Genl.
Williamson, where 4 or 500 Americans had collected and by a capitulation settled with one Paris, who was delegated for that purpose by Sr. Henry
Clinton, that our persons and property should be safe. After being some time in the Jail at Ninety Six, I was with 18 others drove to Town in
irons, guarded by a set of horse thieves, through the extreme Heat in 8 days and then lodged in the cellar under the exchange from the
11th July untill [sic] 26th Decembr.
following, during which time we suffered every degree of insult that well could be inflicted on a set of men, not only from being confined with British
soldiers that had been guilty of every species of villany [sic] and their women, the most abandoned set of wretches I believe that belong to their army,
but negroes of each sex, one of which had the small pox - frequently have I seem my fellow prisoners caned by the Marshal, officers, and Segts. of the
Guard, for no fault - Seldom allowed provisions enough for [a] child, and debared [sic] seeing any of our friends to aid our distresses but the
greatest stroke of their cruelty was taking away James and Saml. Kennely, Andrew Wells, [Herbt.?] Vessels, Mehanny Dough, and six others, and have
sent them, where I do not know, nor does any of their friends I believe
A further detail would be breaking through my plan one day (should I be so happy as to regain my Liberty) amusing the world with an account of British