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Otsego Herald

June 13, 2013

British fortress taken


Died, on the 11th ult. of the epidemic fever, ELIZABETH COMSTOCK, consort of Capt. Calvin Comstock, in the 61st year of her age. She was a kind companion, an agreeable neighbor, a firm believer in the doctrine of the gospel, and a communicant in the church ...

COMMENT: John Calvin Comstock (1748-1818) was married to Elizabeth Watkins Comstock (1744-1813); they had no children. Asaph Potter (1757-1818) was the husband of Mary Haskins Potter (1863-1813).

Prisoner Exchange Stopped

London, April 15 ... Saturday the American Consul was informed by government that no cartels [ships operating under flags of truce] would be permitted to leave this country for the United States, until further orders; and we learn that, in consequence of this discrimination, a vessel which was on the point of sailing with passengers and prisoners has been stopped.

This ... is said to have been occasioned by the receipt of intelligence from Sir J. B. Warren, that the exchanged of British subjects naturalized in the United States, had been peremptorily demanded by the American government, under a menace of detaining all the British prisoners that might fall into their hands

To this demand, Sir J. B. Warren refused a prompt refusal.

COMMENT: Up until this decision, there had been regular exchanges, man-for-man, of soldiers captured by the other side in the War of 1812. The issue now was whether the British could consider captured naturalized American soldiers (who had formerly been British subjects) as still British and thus accuse them of treason. It led to an end to the exchange of regular army prisoners (though captured militiamen were still often released), and the development of often harsh prison camps on both sides.

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