PRISON SHIP "OLD JERSEY"--spur to Paul Jones. In this wormy hulk moored in Wallabout Bay, Brooklyn, Yankee war-prisoners were packed like sardines in a poisonous can. Hundreds, many of them sailors, perished of madness and starvation. Prison camps of both sides were atrocious. But cruelty to captive seamen spurred Jones' raids on Nova Scotia and England. "Justly indignant at the barbarous treatment [they] suffered, I resolved to make the greatest efforts to succor them."
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