New Page 11: Provost Marshal Cunningham

New Page #11!

Provost Marshal Cunningham

Meet Provost Marshal William Cunningham, the cruel jailer who not only held Nathan Hale captive, but mistreated many US prisoners. After the war rumors circulated that he had been executed in Britain, to the approval of most Americans.

However Boston 1775 just posted a new article on Provost Cunningham debunking popular myths about his fate, and answering the question of what really happened to him after the Revolution. It looks like there will be another post about him tomorrow as well. Perfect timing on these posts, Mr. Bell! Thank you!

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50 Responses to New Page 11: Provost Marshal Cunningham

  1. Caera says:

    Please don’t tell me he got off after all the crap he put everyone though, to say nothing of our dearest Nathan!

    Oh, I don’t want to do this. I don’t want to…gods I have no spine. *straightens up* No. I am sticking with Nathan to the bitter end, no matter how painful.

    VI: NATHANFACE!!! :D Wow, where did that come from…

  2. Revolutionary War Fan says:

    He got away from man’s judgement, but not God’s.

    Ok.. Here is my description of him, which kind of matches yours, by the way,…..
    A silver gorget, with the King’s arms engraved on the gilt surface, dangled around his bulky neck. His red uniform was slightly faded and worn, but it retained a color as red as the ripe tomatoes in our garden in the spring. A silver epaulette draped over his right shoulder. The facings of his coat were trimmed with yellow and gold as were the cuffs on his sleeves. His countenance was austere and inflexible as if it was chiseled out of granite. His tight fitting white waistcoat hugged his slim, muscular frame. Though he showed signs of wear from heavy drinking, his arms rippled with muscles. He was of medium height and held a presence that came across as callous and iniquitous. A leather belt was buckled around his large waist, containing chains and a whip. A sword hung from his thigh. These weapons increased his cruel and tyrannical disposition.
    The burly man was tilted back precariously in his leather chair with his thick, beefy arms propped behind his head. A twin pair of well-polished knee-high black military boots rested upon the cluttered desk. His demeanor was casual, like that of a King upon his throne, surveying his dominions.
    As his eyes met mine, I peered into his grey eyes. They were as icy as a Philadelphia winter. My father always told me when I met a person I was to stare into their eyes. You could tell if a man was of good character or not by what their eyes exuded. They were windows to a man’s heart and soul. This man? A sinister glow covered the man like a mantel. He did not smile, for he was incapable of such a joyous action. He imprisoned us with his intimidating stance; looking down at us impassively with his large beak-like nose which reminded me of a hawks’ or a vulture’s. Inside this man was a cold, wicked heart which led me to believe that he was not inclined toward the softening sentiments of the human heart. And I will have you know that I broke horses before this rebellion began. You don’t break a horse to submit to you by being kind to the beast; you break the horse by whipping, starving, and beating it. You let the horse know that you are the boss, not it. I know how to break horses, you do not.” Captain Cunningham reached for his tankard of ale. “Those mongrel dogs in there better be thankful for their comfortable rooms. They are too good for bad, traitorous scum like them. What they are enduring right now is teaching them a lesson. But it is not enough. They need harsher measures to break them and their rebellion against the King. If I had my way, they would all be hung from the next tree.” Captain Cunningham downed his ale in one gulp. He poured more into his tankard. “
    And etc.. etc.. etc. Copyrighted material, by the way…..

  3. Brent says:

    Boy, this guy really is like Quint isn’t he? I almost expect him to start saying that he and his crew did deliver the bomb after all.

    So, what else has Sir Cunningham done? Pre- and in-war, i mean.


    Nathan: “What do you mean ‘There’s no more Twilight movies’? I need to find out what happens with Jacob and Nessie!”

  4. I always keep picturing him from Liberty’s Kids or I think it is Cunningham.

    • lol! Glad I wasn’t the only one who watched that show!!

    • I think I hate Cunningham even more than Hitler even though Hitler won’t kill Nathan because of blond hair and blue eyes, that’s last I remember about Hitler back in high school. Good thing Hitler won’t hurt Alan Warren but I do pray for Alan and Nathan the most.

      Me: Hitler, you can have Cunningham all you want, he’s all yours!
      Hitler: Job well done then.

      • Amber says:

        Welll… Hitler did not persecute people with blond hair and blue eyes. He favored them as the “master Aryan Race”.
        Hitler killed around eleven million people because they did not fit his idea of an Aryan race…..
        The British, too, had this idea in the 18th and 19th centuries. They believed the British race should govern the entire world.
        So in my book, Cunningham would have been an SS man or Gestapo in Hitler’s Germany. The number of prisoners he killed , amount to, in today’s population, anywhere around 500.000. 8,000 in the 18th century. Yes, he should have been strung up by his shiny boots. But he was not. It still is a mystery to me why the British command and King George III did not prosecute him and send him packing. Did they agree? There is no records of a court-martial or a reprimand. Why was nothing done? When the American COP came to check on the prisoners, General Robertson told them the stories of the abuse were lies. Cunningham said otherwise. He openly admitted to his crime! When confronted by the evidence of his abuse, the British command merely backpedaled, saying their staff misinformed him! Cunningham was bold in saying yes because he knew the British command would not prosecute him! Why? This bothers me.

        I hope I helped.

        • David says:

          I smell a conspiracy here. SOMETHING kept the British authorities from doing the right thing and removing Cunningham from his position. Perhaps Cunningham was able to get away with his foul deeds because he was blackmailing somebody important, and he would have made sure that the secret would have made public if anything bad were to happen to him?

          • Amber says:

            Well, here is my theory…
            The Howes and Loring liked to gamble, right?
            And General Howe gave Mr. Loring money to quiet him for taking his wife, right?
            Captain Cunningham sold the prisoner’s rations, rags off their dead bodies (To be sold at a local paper mill, since most of the newspaper was made from rags) steal their possessions, in order to pay their gambling debts.
            Now I have THAT part figured out. But what about when General howe was removed? That I cannot figure out. General Washington knew about what he was doing, many people did. Did the British have an ulterior motive, to kill the “rebellion” by killing their prisoners? Such a thing would never be talked about openly, nor written down for posterity. There is something going on here…. And I do not like what I see. 18-30,000 American POW’s died. British captain John Peebles wrote in his diary about the American prisoners in Philadelphia. “No communication allow’d with the Rebel prisoners here now & if any of them are detected in making their escape they are to be put to death, – poor devils they suffer enough, & many of them are dying in Gaol.”
            Some were sent to Sumatra and Africa. Why? Is there, like you say, a conspiracy, or is there something more sinister?

        • David says:

          Could a secret “Inner Circle” of the British government have attempted to carry out some extreme “Final Solution” to the “American Problem”?

          If so, your comparing Cunningham to a member of the Nazi SS or Gestapo would not be inappropriate, all things considered.

  5. 1776 Dreamer says:

    Great job Lora! I love the emotion in this page!
    Watch out mean dude, you are gonna fall off yer chair and embarress yourself!
    Come on Nathan, give a good comeback! We are rooting for ya!

  6. Susan says:

    Wait he wasn’t hanged? WHY DID THE INTERNET LIE TO ME!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Albone says:

    Dude, Cunningham is like the Sandpeople, the haters of the universe. They have no friends.

  8. Yikes! I hope he realizes how comforting he’s being…

  9. Jen says:

    OMG poor Nathan! T_T

  10. Half Moon says:

    Ok…I don’t like this guy. I don’t care if he looks like Wolverine or not, I don’t like him!!!!!!

  11. trevor says:

    He’s implying the only way out is to get a new suit, right? Like Agent 47, you’ll just magically blend into the background and no one will know who you are.

  12. Faith says:

    Hold fast, Nathan! “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” [C. S. Lewis]

  13. Potoperson says:

    (Wow, not realizing I could post comments…)
    This is the part where historical accuracy makes one sad…. Poor Nathan. I have a character that named himself after him in his honor.
    “This world is not my home I’m just a-passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue…”

  14. Sean Foster says:

    If they ever made a movie involving Cunningham he would be played by Jason Isaacs.