The role of Plymouth and Dartmoor in the war of 1812

Ackerman's Repository of Arts (1810) Public Domain

  • Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, PL4 8AA*

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A Historical Association and University of Plymouth history department talk.   

In June 1812 newly independent America declared war on Britain. Squeezed in between the sweeping narrative of the Napoleonic Wars and politics in Britain, it is a conflict largely forgotten in the UK. 

Hostilities generate prisoners of war. Consequently 6,553 Americans passed through Plymouth. At first they were held in the Mill Prison overlooking Millbay, including in prison hulks on the River Tamar. Conditions were so bad, they were then transferred to the infamous Dartmoor Prison, which had been built for French prisoners a few years earlier. It became the scene of tragic events, including one which was dubbed a massacre by the press in Boston Massachusetts.

This talk will focus on conditions at the prison, highlighting the different parts played by a British politician and Dr George Magrath in the lives of prisoners held at Dartmoor.  

Speaker Barbie Thompson is an independent researcher and speaker, and a member of the Plymouth U3A and of the Plymouth branch of the Historical Association.

Venue: Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth*
Date: Tuesday 16 November 2021
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Tickets: standard £6 / concessions £4  

Free for members of the Historical Association Plymouth branch.  

Free for University of Plymouth students as part of SPiA (Student Participation in Arts).

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*In the event of a change in social distancing guidelines, or any other unforeseen circumstances, this event may be delivered online.

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