gollum
 
Reply Sat 25 Jun, 2016 06:30 pm
Did the Redcoats torture rebels, kill their families, and confiscate their lands?
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 25 Jun, 2016 08:32 pm
@gollum,
maybe lite col Ben Tarleton. There were accusations. The native Americans were always fair game from both sides ever since earlier conflicts
Brandon9000
 
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Reply Sat 25 Jun, 2016 11:46 pm
To my knowledge, they didn't spend a lot of time killing families or confiscating lands, but they did treat rebel military prisoners abominably and many died while prisoners of war because of the deplorable conditions in which they were kept.
gollum
 
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Reply Sun 26 Jun, 2016 05:17 am
@farmerman,
farmerman-

Thank you.
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gollum
 
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Reply Sun 26 Jun, 2016 05:19 am
@Brandon9000,
Brandon9000-

Thank you.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 26 Jun, 2016 07:43 am
@gollum,
read about Tarleton's supposed massacre of surrendering Continental Soldiers in the "Battle of Waxhaws" (South Carolina).

Tarleton was outsmarted a few times but didnt let that interfere with his post War political life. He became a pretty clouty PM when he returned to England in 1782.

In the pre-REvolutionary days though (even before the French and Indian Wars), the Brits AND the French AND the Colonials did kill off lotsa Native AMericans and captured several of their "forts" for its arable land .
Many of the Nations had built these palisaded towns and spent years and years "Clear cutting" so they could grow their veggies. We saw that lqnd clearing was WORK, and, true to our nature, we stole many of the fortified towns. The British were seeking to expand their empire and used all sorts of means to kill the natives or drive them off(including "Seeding" blankets with smallpox and burning crop fields). The French were mostly trying to stop the Brit advances
oralloy
 
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Reply Sun 26 Jun, 2016 03:55 pm
@farmerman,
farmerman wrote:
read about Tarleton's supposed massacre of surrendering Continental Soldiers in the "Battle of Waxhaws" (South Carolina).

Is that the guy who was portrayed as a war criminal in that Mel Gibson film?

When that movie was released there were a lot of British historians who protested that it was an unfair portrayal, that the future Americans and future Canadians were both happy to murder each other outside British supervision, but this British general did his best to prevent war crimes wherever his forces were present.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sun 26 Jun, 2016 04:45 pm
Murderous atrocities took place on both sides in the southern states. As well as Waxhaws, look up the aftermath of the battle of King's Mountain, where the slaughter of Tories (loyalists) was spurred in large measure by a spirit of revenge. Tarleton's military career came to an abrupt end at the battle of Hannah's Cowpens, where his so-called Legion was virtually annihilated. After the fall of Charleston, South Carolina, Tarleton, who had recruited his Legion from among southern Tories, quixotically alienated both sides by his confiscation of supplies and horses. I know of no evidence that Tarleton ever showed any exemplary attitude toward captured rebels.

Land confiscations were largely the result of seizures of property for arrears of property taxes after the war. Many Tories had abandoned their property, and it was seized by county and state officials. Some Tories returned, paid their back taxes and had their property restored. The heavy hand of the tax collector fell on the just and the unjust alike. A series of armed insurrections in western and central Massachusetts between 1782 and 1787 culminated in what is known as Shays' Rebellion, many of the insurrectionists being returned veterans whose property was seized. Wars, especially internecine wars, are always an ugly business.
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