A Narrative Of A Revolutionary Soldier Essay

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The book A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier is the memoir of Joseph Plumb Martin and chronicles his thoughts and experiences as a soldier in the American Revolutionary War. His diary was originally published as 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, and later it was better known as Private Yankee Doodle. The book portrays Revolutionary War battles of historical significance and illustrates the difficulties faced by the soldiers who fought in the war. In 1760, Joseph Plumb Martin was born in western Massachusetts. From the age of seven, he was raised by his grandparents in Connecticut where he received a well-rounded education. In 1776, much to the dismay of his grandparents, he enlisted in the Connecticut State Militia when he was only 15. He was initially assigned to duty in the area of New York City. Martin arrived in New York shortly before the Long Island Campaign took place. In A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier, he discusses his participation in the battle. On August 22, 1776, British Forces that were under the command of General William Howe, landed on Long island. Their goal was to capture New York City and have control over the Hudson River. On August 27, 1776 the British marched against the position of the Patriots in Brooklyn Heights and overcame the Americans at Gowanus Pass. Then they proceeded to outflank the entire…

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