“rebels, Turn Out Your Dead!—


There is little reason, however, to believe that enlistments in the British service were frequent among Jersey prisoners. When the war ended in 1783, the persuasive evidence to the contrary was a shipload of fourteen hundred gaunt prisoners to be released and the bones of eleven thousand spread across the sands of Remsen’s beach. Twenty-five years later the Jersey survivors were writing ineradicable memoirs of their ordeal. The bleached bones of the dead were gathered for ceremonial burial by members of the Columbian Order, a patriotic society later to become somewhat less specialized as Tammany Hall. Jersey herself slowly rotted away at her Brooklyn anchorage, finally consumed by the sea.