Revolutionary War British Soldiers' Letters

Rare Revolutionary war soldier's letter from a British soldier

Rare Revolutionary War British soldier's letter. Revolutionary War letter written in 1780 by British prisoner James Baird to his Mother in Scotland from a prison camp in Lancaster, Pennsylvania regarding hopes for exchange.

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Revolutionary War British Prisoner's Letter

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The soldiers in the British army during the Revolutionary War all volunteered to join the Army. Most of these men were career soldiers, but after 1775 they had the option of being released after three years.

Most of these soldiers were quite experienced, and many often had five to 15 years of experience prior to the Revolutionary War.

Many soldiers brought their wives and children to America with them during the war.

The British soldier was very capable, and was very quick to adjust to conditions in America.

John Baird was a British soldier who was stationed in Scinsborough (Skenesborough, later named Whitehall), New York, and was part of the Burgoyne campaign. From other letters we know he was a prisoner in December of 1778, and had been for the past 14 months. In December, 1778, he was held in New York City.

The Revolutionary War prisoner's letter shown here was written in March, 1780, to his Mother in Scotland.

He is careful in his wording, but tells his Mother that an officer has been granted leave and will mail this letter from New York. “My present situation does not permit me to say anything more at present, only that the long wished for exchange is not yet settled, but still have some hopes of its taking place soon.”

He signs the letter John Baird, and next to that he datelines it Lancaster, Pennsylvania, March 17, 1780 indicating the place he is imprisoned.

This is a very scarce British prisoner's letter written in 1780. Also on this site, see a rare Revolutionary War soldier's letter written by an American soldier.

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