The Revolutionary War By Joseph Plumb Martin Essay

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Joseph Plumb Martin penned an account on his times during the Revolutionary War called A Narrative of Some of the Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of a Revolutionary War Solder, Interspersed with Anecdotes of Incidents That Occurred Within His Own Observation. The title itself, while long, paraphrases the contents of his memoir. In unit nine, we were given the introduction chapter to this narrative, as well as most of chapter four. Mr. Martin is an intriguing figure from the American Revolutionary era, as his documentation shows how he had a different reason for joining the war rather than simple necessity. After years of observing interactions between his home country and mother country, he began to support the cause for independence and subsequently joined the defense against the mother country. Mr. Martin implies that the Revolutionary War was a right of passage for him. The narrative written by Mr. Martin is of interest when it comes to historical value. Historians have analyzed his writing and have come to conclusion that his account is accurate in terms of the details regarding his journey and recollection of battles. Therefore, one can read Mr. Martin’s narrative and gain an understanding of what war life was like on a day-to-day basis, as well as gather what the flow of the entire Revolutionary War was like. However, the reasons why Martin joined the war are different than most men of this time. The significance of service from Martin’s perspective is…

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