Nova Scotia Archives

Spoils of War: Privateering in Nova Scotia

American and French prisoners-of-war escape

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Soon American prisoners-of-war joined their French counterparts in Halifax’s Melville Island prison. Some captives were released into the town, if they promised not to flee. However the taste of freedom led some to attempt escape.

Date: 1812

Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives  Newspapers: Royal Gazette 5 August 1812 p. 3