Eyewitness Accounts from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society
Peter Edes diary, June-October 1775
In this diary, Boston resident Peter Edes records entries about his capture and his 3 1/2-month-imprisonment by the British. In entries dating from 19 June 1775 to 3 October 1775, Edes, an apprentice printer (and son of the printer Benjamin Edes) writes about the difficulty of getting information about his case and describes the Boston Jail and mentions James Lovell, John Leach, and other prisoners. The last page of the diary is a list of 30 prisoners taken from the Battle of Bunker Hill and in his entry of 21 September 1775; Edes mentions that only 11 of them are still living.