A captured American privateer and prisoner at Melville Island, Benjamin Franklin Palmer, wrote in his diary, “Four prisoners carried to Target Hill [later known as Deadman’s Island] this morning, a place where they bury the dead. I’m fearful a number of us will visit that place this summer if not shortly released.” It’s estimated that, between 1812 and 1815, as many as 8,000 captured American soldiers, sailors and privateers were held at the Melville Island Prison. They are now remembered each year. (Image: Sketch of Melville Island, 1855, by Lieut. Bland, 76th Regiment (1827–1893)
published in the London Illustrated News. N.S. Archives.)