Serving as a Soldier in the Revolutionary War
A review of "A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier, Some of the Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of Joseph Plumb Martin" by Joseph Plumb Martin.
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Published on May 08, 2013 in Literature (American) , History (U.S. Birth of the Nation 1750-1800) , Military (Military History)
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The paper discusses how Joseph Plumb Martin, in his book, "A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier, Some of the Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of Joseph Plumb Martin", gives a detailed and unique perspective on what it was like to have served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. The paper describes Martin's patriotism and loyalty but points out that Martin does not try to depict war through rose-tinted glasses; the men fighting were not always working as a cohesive group and some were only interested in saving their own lives. Furthermore, the paper mentions how Martin describes the hardships of war and how America was an ungrateful nation; soldiers were denied the money and land they were promised and they lacked food, supplies and clothing they needed to carry out their mission. The paper concludes by highlighting one of the main reasons Martin wrote his memoir, that was to illustrate just how important ordinary men were in the fight for freedom of the United States.
From the Paper:"Reading Martin's book, it is instantly clear that he believed in the causes for which he fought in America, which is why he was so eager to enlist as a teenager. He believed in freedom for America and democracy, which was a unique quality in such a young man of the time. While these are good things that he believes are worth fighting for, Martin never tries to sugarcoat the war in any way with all his talk of patriotism. There were major values at stake and the way they were defended was both bloody and violent, which was the only way it could be. Martin disliked the British and wanted to see them gone for good because he saw them standing in America's way of freedom and democracy and these two things were fundamental for him.
"Martin was not a typical soldier. Recruiters for the Continental Army targeted young and, for the most part, poorer men, which included laborers and apprentices; they way in which these men were targeted were with promises of money and land. Martin was the son of wealthy man who went to live with his reverend grandfather at the age of seven; he was not the "typical" soldier really. Some people were drafted and then there were others who enlisted voluntarily, like Martin."
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