Following the defeat at Charles Town the British agreed to retain those prisoners on ships anchored in the harbor. Fed a diet of mostly salt pork and usually confined in close quarters below deck it was not long before scores of them fell ill and died. Petitions for better treatment were met with indifference and when supplies of clothing, medicine and food arrived sent by the Continental Congress and citizens, it was withheld. Prisoners were promised parole or freedom if they pledged loyalty to King George and whipped, threatened with transport to England or the West Indies or simply impressed into the Royal Navy if they refused.
Posted by Diane Price
From internet sources and Fort Greene site.