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Gift of
Jennie Hagen Boyd

The Journal of Josiah Smith, 1780-1781

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.

 

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