's army surrendered to General Gates
, these generals agreed that the prisoners (over 5,000) should be marched to Cambridge
, near Boston
, to embark for England
, on their parole not to serve again against the Americans
Suspecting that the parole would be violated, Congress, after ratifying, revoked it. As the British
government did not recognize the authority of Congress, these troops remained near
until Congress, owing to the scarcity of supplies in New England
, ordered them to Virginia
, whither they went, October and November, 1778, 4,000 remaining at Charlottesville
until October, 1780, when the British
were removed to Fort Frederick, in Maryland
, and the Germans to Winchester
, their numbers reduced to 2,100.
Soon after they were removed to Lancaster
, and some to East Windsor, Conn.
In the course of 1782 they were dispersed by exchange or desertion.
See Burgoyne, Sir John.