Posted 29 November 2013 - 05:34 PM
Nope, the so-called Boston Massacre - after which future President John Adams served as lawyer for the defense of the soldiers - was noisy and highly politicized, but a very, very minor sort of thing in the whole scheme of things.
Treatment of various prisoners of war, especially by the Brits who refused to recognize the revolutionary side as "soldiers," but rather as brigands of one sort or another, was horrific. Some folks figure some 50-70 or perhaps as much as 80 percent of those colonial "Americans" died. I think it was '83 before Parliament recognized those as prisoners of war as opposed to traitors for whom the right of habeas corpus had been suspended by "the crown." The Brit side had its serious own concerns but for a number of reasons, mostly the decentralized governance of the revolutionary era colonies, it appears there's less documentation of their POW casualties.
That's not even getting into some of the horrid local-level non-military treatment of one side by the other, in or out of uniform. Hanging might appear to be almost merciful compared to literal tar and feathering, for example.
Then again, civil wars whether that of the English civil war of the 1600s, the two American civil wars of 1770s and 1860s, carry too many examples of both incredible fratricide as well as human generosity.