I ve always enjoyed reading diaries and or narratives they always make me wish I could have be there to live the events with them but not in this case This narrative is the unique perspective of a young man as a private in the Revolutionary War I ve read many books on this war from the perspective of Washington or other leaders in the war but this is the first I ve come across it through a simple foot soldier s eyes and what a difference there is between those perspectives While he had many adventures , the hardships he endured were remarkable How he was able to stay committed to the cause for all those years with infrequent pay, clothing, or food is a testament to our early patriots and their dedication to fighting for the cause of American liberty. I was profoundly affected by this common soldier s account, to the verge of tears several times Working as I do in dispensing veterans benefits essentially as bountiful as at any time in our history, it served as a useful reminder not to let up in gratitude His generation literally served for nothing, and poor repayment ever after He restored a great deal of vibrancy to the history, including warnings to historians not to censure what they don t understand, and humorous anecdotes such as exchanging retorts with the British He doesn t pull punches on the inhumanities he witnessed.I took time to share with my mother this touching scene recalling when women claimed their femininity and men chivalrously honored it, or as she said, women s special ability is caring 26 We proceeded, just in the dusk of evening, to commit the poor man, then far from friends and relatives, to the bosom of his mother earth Just as we had laid him in the grave, in as decent a posture as existing circumstances would admit, there came from the house, towards the grave, two young ladies, who appeared to be sisters as they approached the grave, the soldiers immediately made way for them, with those feelings of respect which beauty and modesty combined seldom fail to produce, especially when, as in this instance, accompanied by piety Upon arriving at the head of the grave, they stopped, and with their arms around each other s neck, stooped forward and looked into it, and with a sweet pensiveness of countenance which might have warmed the heart of a misoganist sic , asked if we were going to put the earth upon his naked face being answered in the affirmative, one of them took a fine white gauze handkerchief from her neck and desired that it might be spread upon his face, tears, at the same time, flowing down their cheeks After the grave was filled up they retired to the house in the same manner they came Although the dead soldier had no acquaintance present, for there were none at his burial who knew him, yet he had mourners, and females too Worthy young ladies You, and such as you, are deserving the regard of the greatest of men What sisters, what wives, what mothers and what neighbours would you make Such a sight as those ladies afforded at that time, and on that occasion, was worthy, and doubtless received the attention of angels His remarks that little notice is taken of the feats performed in the absence of renowned men 54 are duly noted Yet, Alexander never could have conquered the world without private soldiers 1 Their endurance, in informed retrospect, is astonishing Dispersion, I believe, was not thought of, at least, I did not think of it, we had engaged in the defence of our injured country and were willing, nay, we were determined to persevere as long as such hardships were not altogether intolerable 58 That he could casually remark on the routineness of going between 2 and 4 days without food, hunger forming a or less constant portion of the narrative, adds to an account of near mutiny in demanding rations from their officers How ill used they were in expectation of performance for which they weren t provisioned echoes Alma 60 9 103 The men were now exasperated beyond endurance they could not stand it any longer they saw no other alternative but to starve to death, or break up the army, give all up and go home This was a hard matter for the soldiers to think upon they were truly patriotic they loved their country, and they had already suffered every thing short of death in its cause and now, after such extreme hardships to give up all, was too much but to starve to death was too much also What was to be done Here was the army starved and naked, and there their country sitting still and expecting the army to do notable things while fainting from sheer starvation All things considered, the army was not to be blamed Reader, suffer what we did and you will say so too Amid his proper observations that a regular army was essential to bear the burden for which the militia was not suited 164 , in recounting the various trials of 8 years service with but one instance of pay after August 1777, this offers fit summation for my unintended review Almost every one has heard of the soldiers of the Revolution being tracked by the blood of their feet on the frozen ground This is literally true and the thousandth part of their sufferings has not, nor ever will be told 161. 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I actually wanted to give this book 3 1 2 stars instead of just 3 It is a definite read for anyone studying the American Revolution Joseph Plumb Martin was an enlisted soldier during the length of the war Though he doesn t give a personal hand by hand account of the major battles he was involved in though there are some details , he is able to give us a glimpse into the world of what the ordinary enlisted soldier had to endure while serving our new nation Most of us have heard the infamous stories before of our soldiers starving and having no clothes, but Joseph Plumb Martin gives us the details and let s us know how bad it really was He does address the reader in several places throughout his memoir JPM wrote his personal story from memory long after the war was over when he was at an older age so some details are sketchy even for him. Joseph Plumb Martin reflects towards the end of his life on his days as a soldier during the Revolutionary War His thoughts cover his intense sufferings, particularly the struggle with starvation, but also with a few fierce battles, close calls, and the general mischief that a young adult is wont to get into Martin has a wonderful sense of humor and, provided that the reader can discern what he is talking about, is apt make one laugh on some of his hijinks or playful introspections, even when acknowledging his multiple brushes with death The ultimate realization in this book is that while the Revolutionary War is often recognized as a clean and noble occurance, it was often anything but There was mass dissention amongst patriots and a surprisingly low level of support for the cause of independence, as well as lackluster support of American troops on behalf of the fledgling country. My son recommended that I read this He is a history buff and was captivated by this narrative written by a revolutionary war soldier not during the war but years later I approached it with some trepidation, but I also found myself amazed to be reading such an honest work some 200 years after it was written finding opinions and situations that might be similar to those of a soldier or veteran today The introduction and afterward give depth and understanding along with a credibility afforded by scholars Martin admits that he is not writing a history but merely writes of the adventures and struggles he experienced during the campaigns in which he served He writes of George Washington and Lafayette as he met them not as the historical icons we see them to be. One of few personal accounts of the Revolutionary War written by the common soldier in the ranks of Continental Army What makes this book the best is that it covers almost the entire war and is well written, with humor and keen observations I read this book over 30 years ago, and the two things that stand out in my mind are Martin s descriptions of always being hungry and the time he saw a white woman living with a black man, as he described, in a husband and wife situation, in Virginia It surely surprised and amazed him.It is no wonder that this book is oft quoted for sources regarding the foot soldier of the American Revolution I have a hardbound edition published by N W Ayers still in my library I will always keep it because it is that good of a book. In 1775, Joseph Plumb Martin November 21, 1760 May 2, 1850 was a wide eyed fifteen year old boy who decided to leave his grandfather s Connecticut farm and join the Continental Army, first as a private then a sergeant, to fight the English during the American War for Independence During the next eight years, he participated in some early battles, such as White Plains, Kipp s Bay, and Redbank spent the famous winter of 1777 1778 near Valley Forge, though not in the camp itself but at Milltown between Philadelphia and Lancaster and was at Cornwallis s 1781 surrender in Yorktown His term of duty actually lasted a couple of years past the end of hostilities, and he retired from service in 1783 at the ripe old age of 23 However, this narrative, written from memory when Martin was seventy, is basically an account of gnawing hunger, bitter cold, and the fear of battle that accompanied Martin and his fellows as they criss crossed the mid Atlantic states, went south to Virginia, and then returned north after the British surrender at Yorktown He records in grim detail his harrowing experiences with staggering losses of human life and the agony of long marches, balancing them with humorous stories about excursions for hunting, fishing, and other diversions He also mentions his connections to the Commander in chief, the infamous General Charles Lee, the traitor Benedict Arnold, and even the spy Major Andre Being the fullest existing description of the Revolutionary War by an enlisted man, the book is an excellent first hand source material for the American Revolution and will help students understand what it must have been like to have fought in that war The St Louis MO Post Dispatch said that it is one of the best firsthand accounts of war as seen by a private soldier There are several references to drinking alcohol wine, whiskey, brandy, ale, and especially rum Forms of the d word are found a few times, but they are written d d or d n, though I don t know whether this was done by Martin or by an editor In one such instance the Commander in chief said it with reference to General Lee, who undoubtedly deserved it, but Martin wrote that it was certainly very unlike him Also the h word and the term son of a b h written that way are each used once Some of the descriptions of battle are blunt but not overly graphic Martin must have been well versed in the Scriptures because there are numerous Bible quotations and references throughout I picked this book up in the gift shop while visiting Valley Forge National Historical Park Though there is really nothing in the book that is inappropriate for anyone, the style of writing would make it suitable and of interest to older teens and adults A version for children and younger readers down to age nine entitled Yankee Doodle Boy A Young Soldier s Adventures in the American Revolution has been adapted and published in 1995 by Holiday House. First published in 1830, Joseph Plumb Martin s Memoir of a Revolutionary Soldier is a remarkable account of the Revolutionary War as experienced by Martin, who first enlisted as a private in 1776, was promoted to sergeant in 1780, and finally left the army after the war concluded in 1783 There are many memoirs, biographies, and histories that center on the generals and political leaders of the Revolution, but Martin provides us with the everyman s perspective, and does so with intelligence and humor.Originally published anonymously under the title A narrative of some of the adventures, dangers, and sufferings of a Revolutionary soldier, interspersed with anecdotes of incidents that occurred within his own observation, Martin sets out to give the reader insight into the difficulties faced by the brave soldiers who fought under the famous generals of the war Martin does an excellent job of it.The battles themselves occur very rarely, and consist of chaos, fear, and luck than bravery or brilliance A great deal time is spent marching, freezing, and starving, and Martin dutifully conveys this I had always been amazed at how the Continental Army won the war with such little material support from the populace, but hearing Martin s description of marching for days with no rations, eating only what can be scavenged from the land, really brings to life the courage and dedication possessed by the soldiers of the Revolution.It s not all grim Martin does a good job of putting a humorous spin on his constant hunger and fatigue, generating sympathy instead of boring the reader Further, Martin doesn t shy away from describing the misadventures that he and his comrades in arms undertook during the war From encounters with citizens, to pranks on officers, to foolish antics, Martin is not afraid of portraying himself as less than perfect It s a very frank view Martin provides, and it does a lot to make him someone the reader cares about as he marches and starves Martin never makes himself out a hero, just someone doing what he can for his country in difficult circumstances.I ve read many other histories and biographies of the Revolutionary era, and I have to say that Martin s memoir now rank among my favorites The perspective of the common soldier is so different than most of the work focused on this period, and Martin really is a very clever and engaging writer.I highly recommend Joseph Plumb Martin s Memoir of a Revolutionary Soldier to anyone interested in the Revolutionary War Martin is an excellent writer, and his perspective is a unique and valuable one I ve definitely developed a greater appreciation for the brave Americans who served in the Continental Army after reading this book.
Wrote the best memoir, 1830, about an ordinary soldier, in the American Revolutionary War.It was vital to future historians.
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- A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier
- Joseph Plumb Martin
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