Thomas Thorbury War of 1812 poetry collection ca. 1815
Thomas Thorbury (alternately recorded as "Thornburg" and "Thornbury") was born around 1780 in Pennsylvania. He served in the War of 1812, and was captured with approximately 340 other American soldiers at Fort Niagara on December 19, 1813. After being held briefly in Montreal and Quebec, Thorbury was transported to Melville Prison, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on October 27, 1814. He was discharged on April 8, 1815, about seven weeks after the ratification of the Treaty of Ghent. Sometime after this, he wrote several poems concerning his thoughts on politics and his experiences as a prisoner at Halifax.