Revolutionary War history

The HMS Jersey and the other Revolutionary War prison ships

Relevant laws and policies: 1776: The Hulks Act allowed the use of decommissioned ships as prisons. March 1777: "North's Act" suspended habeas corpus and allowed Americans to be prosecuted for treason/privacy. 1778: A policy set out the requirement that prisoners taken from a privateer were immediately to be jailed. 1779: Continental Congress moves to hold… Continue reading The HMS Jersey and the other Revolutionary War prison ships