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Travis Glasson, History

"Honorable Deserters":
POWs and the People in America's First Civil War, 1777-83

Thursday, January 31
12:30–1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

In 1777, several thousand troops in British service were captured by American forces at the Battle of Saratoga. This body of prisoners, known as a result of the surrender agreement signed by their commander as the Convention Army, spent the next six years in captivity in sites stretching from New England to Virginia. This lecture examines the experiences of these soldiers and their intimate and varied interactions with communities of American civilians. Building on recent work characterizing the American Revolution as a Civil War, we can better understand how the many peoples of British North America negotiated the pressures, ambiguities, and divided loyalties inherent in such a conflict.