Joseph Plumb Martin A Narrative of Some of the Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of a Revolutionary Soldier Originally published in and most recently republished as Yankee Doodle Boy in Excerpted from Witnessing America, "My grandsire told [my grandma] that he supposed I was resolved to go into the service in some way or other and he had rather I would engage in the land service if I must engage in any.
At the age of seven, he was sent to live with his grandparents in Milford, Connecticut. Because his family was well-to-do his father studied at YaleMartin was able to receive a well rounded education, including reading and writing. Revolutionary War service[ edit ] When Martin was 15, inhe was eager to join the war effort following the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
His grandparents initially opposed the idea, but agreed after Martin vowed to run Joseph plumb and join a naval ship as a privateer if he was not allowed to join. His first tour of duty ended In Decemberand he returned home just prior to the Battles of Trenton and Princeton.
After a restless winter and spring back in Connecticut, the year-old veteran reenlisted in the Continental Army on April 22,signing on for the duration of the American Revolutionary War.
He encamped at Valley Forgewitnessed John Andre being escorted to his execution and was also present during the climactic Siege of Yorktown. He was assigned to Light Infantry inattaining the rank of Corporal. In the summer ofunder Washington 's order to form a Corps of Sappers and Minershe was recommended by his superior officers to be a non-commissioned officer of this regiment, and in being selected, was promoted to Sergeant.
Prior to Yorktown, the corps was responsible for digging the entrenchments for the Continental Army. During the battle, they were also a vanguard for a regiment commanded by Alexander Hamiltonclearing the field of sharpened logs called abatis so that Hamilton's regiment could capture Redoubt Postwar years[ edit ] Martin was discharged from duty in Junea few months before the Continental Army disbanded the following October.
He taught in New York state for a year, and eventually settled on Maine 's frontier, becoming one of the founders of the town of Prospectnear modern-day Stockton Springs. Over the years, he was known locally for being a farmer, selectman, Justice of the Peace and Town Clerk the last position being held for over 25 years.
He married Lucy Clewley born in and had five children, Joseph bornNathan and Thomas twins, bornJames Sullivan bornand Susan born He also wrote many stories and poems over the years, most famously a narrative of his experiences during the war in Knox claimed that he owned Martin's acre 0.
Martin said that this was not true, and he had the right to farm the land. InKnox's claim was upheld. Martin's acre farm was valued by the Commissioners One appointed by the settlers, one by the Proprietors and the third by the first two.
He could not raise the money and begged Knox to allow him to keep the land. There is no evidence that Knox even acknowledged his to plaintive letters and appeared to let him remain on the land.
Plumb Martin farmed only eight 8 acres of the original he opted for. Knox died innever demanding payment from Plumb Martin.
Byhis farmland was cut by half, and bywhen he appeared in the Massachusetts General Court with other Revolutionary War veterans to claim a war pension, he owned nothing. It was not considered a success, and mainly fell to the wayside, apparently lost to history.
The platoon stopped outside of his house and fired a salute in honor of the Revolutionary War Hero. Joseph Plumb Martin's narrative[ edit ] The first edition of Joseph Plumb Martin's American Revolutionary War memoirs published anonymously in an attempt to help other war veterans applying to receive their government pensions Martin's narrative of the war has been frequently cited by scholars as an excellent primary source for the American Revolution.
It is notable that for most of the war, Martin was a mere private in the army, and his account does not involve the usual heroes of the Revolution. His narrative is considered one of the major primary sources for historians, researchers and re-enactors of the American Revolution.
Scholars believe that Martin kept some type of journal during the course of the war, and fleshed it out in detail later on in his life. While some events may be dramatized, the narrative is remarkably accurate, since Martin's regiment would have been present at every event he writes about, according to war records of the time.
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