Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Who was Abraham Clark?
Abraham Clark was a New Jersey politician who is most famous for being a member of the Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. During the American Revolution, two of Clark's sons were captured by the British and incarcerated on the notorious prison ship HMS Jersey where hundreds of their fellow prisoners perished. The HMS Jersey was moored near New York Harbor during the war and earned the nickname of “Hell” for its inhumane treatment of the prisoners onboard. One ex-prisoner stated that they carried out up to 8 bodies a day to be buried in a common hole dug into the bank along the shore. Some of the dead laid among the living prisoners for up to 10 days before finally being removed and buried.
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