Josiah Smith (1731-1825),
a South Carolina merchant and patriot
politician, was captured by the British
after the surrender of Charleston in 1780.
Smith kept a detailed, 425 page journal,
describing his captivity, which included
confinement on a British prison ship and
transportation to St. Augustine. The journal
includes extensive commentary on British
military policy in the South, on conditions
in the British province of East Florida,
and on the British treatment of American
and French prisoners of war.