Prisoners of War in St. Augustine During the American Revolution

Prisoners of War in St. Augustine During the American Revolution (HMVIC)

Location: St Augustine, FL 32084 St Johns County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 53.537', W 81° 18.757'

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From the onset of the American Revolution in 1775, the British Crown Colony in East Florida was a Loyalist bastion. In its capital, St. Augustine, the British lodged as prisoners many American Patriots and their French allies. Most of these prisoners were given the liberty of the town, but some were held in Castillo de San Marcos. A few captives rented quarters, but most of the men were housed in the unfinished State House which stood near this spot. By the end of 1780, these prisoners included three signers of the Declaration of Independence — Thomas Heyward, Jr., Arthur Middleton, and Edward Rutledge. On July 4, 1781, the Patriot captives celebrated Independence Day.
Series This marker is part of the Daughters of the American Revolution series
Placed ByFlorida State Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 4:00pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 469816 N 3306890
Decimal Degrees29.89228333, -81.31261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 53.537', W 81° 18.757'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 53' 32.22" N, 81° 18' 45.42" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16-42 US-1 BUS, St Augustine FL 32084, US
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