- Fitch, Jabez, 1737-1812
- Call number
- MssCol 1016
- Physical description
- 1 v. (ca. 500 p.), 18 cm; 1 v. (ca. 500 p.), 18 cm; 1 item (photocopies in case), 34 cm; 1 item (photocopies in case), 34 cm
- Preferred Citation
- Jabez Fitch diary, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library
- Manuscripts and Archives Division
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.Restrictions apply
- The entirety of this collection has been digitized and is available online.
Jabez Fitch (1737-1812) of Norwich, Connecticut and Hyde Park, Vermont, served as a soldier in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. The Jabez Fitch diary, from 22 Aug. 1776 to 15 Dec. 1777, reflects his service as a lieutenant in the American army, and his experiences as a British prisoner during the Revolutionary War. Fitch was taken prisoner by the British at the Battle of Long Island, 27 Aug. 1776, and exchanged 15 Dec. 1777, after fifteen months and fifteen days in captivity, most of which time he was quartered at New Lots, Kings County, Long Island.
The diary is published in Sabine, William H. W., The New-York diary of Lieutenant Jabez Fitch of the 17th (Connecticut) Regiment from August 22, 1776 to December 15, 1777 (New York: Colburn & Tegg, 1954), along with the text of Fitch's narrative account of his imprisonment, and a bibliographical essay on Fitch's diaries and narrative
Using the collection
LocationManuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788
Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328
Access to materialsAdvance notice required. Request access to this collection.
Photocopies must be used in lieu of original volume.