The war was over and the PoWs looked forward to their early release and return home. Instead, their guards turned their guns on them and opened fire. Seven died and another 60 were injured in what was later dubbed a massacre.
Published in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1815, this broadside, right, which sold for £840 at Dominic Winter auctions on March 5, brought to light once more a largely forgotten tragedy, which took place at the prison on April 6, 1815.
Entitled ‘Massacre of the American Prisoners of War…’, and featuring a bird’s-eye plan of Dartmoor prison, the broadside recalls the events that took place three months after the end of hostilities that marked what we now call the War of 1812. more