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Prisoners of War in St. Augustine During the American Revolution

 
 
Prisoners of War in St. Augustine During the American Revolution Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
1. Prisoners of War in St. Augustine During the American Revolution Marker
Inscription.  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.
 
Erected by Florida State Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1573.
 
Location. 29° 53.537′ N, 81° 18.757′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St.
Prisoners of War in St. Augustine During the American Revolution Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
2. Prisoners of War in St. Augustine During the American Revolution Marker
Marker at the southwest corner of the plaza.
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Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of King Street and St. George Street, on the left when traveling east on King Street. Located in the Plaza de la Constitucion. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Spanish Public Well (here, next to this marker); Andrew Young Crossing (a few steps from this marker); Constitution Monument (a few steps from this marker); Trinity Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Government House: Legacy of Authority (within shouting distance of this marker); 8 inch Columbiad (within shouting distance of this marker); Plaza de la Constitución (within shouting distance of this marker); Government House and the Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Regarding Prisoners of War in St. Augustine During the American Revolution. Thomas Heyward, Jr., Arthur Middleton, and Edward Rutledge were all South Carolinian delegates to the Continental Congress.
 
Prisoners of War in St. Augustine During the American Revolution Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 17, 2019
3. Prisoners of War in St. Augustine During the American Revolution Marker (wide view)
Marker near the southwest corner of the plaza.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,161 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on December 17, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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