Revolutionary War Prize Cases - Captured Vessels

Records: 7,661 · Complete: 100%

During the American Revolution, armed vessels serving under individual colonies began to prey upon British commerce. The lack of courts for the condemnation of prizes taken by the Continental vessels was a source of annoyance to General Washington. He saw a need for speedy and regular condemnation of the prizes taken by all these ships to avoid conflict among colonies. The cases in this publication cover the appeals process that resulted for dealing with prize cases.

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"The Revolutionary War Prize Cases: Records of the Court of Appeal in Cases of Capture, 1776-1787" database with images Fold3 ( accessed January 17, 2021)

Publication Title
Revolutionary War Prize Cases - Captured Vessels
Total Records
7,661 · Complete: 100%
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19 Apr 2007
Last Updated
19 Apr 2007
NARA M162. Prize cases heard on appeal from Colonial and state courts by the Continental Congress and the Court of Appeals in Cases of Capture.