Ordinary Courage: The Revolutionary War Adventures of Joseph Plumb Martin [NOOK Book]

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This classic memoir describes Joseph Plumb Martin’s adventures as a patriot in Washington’s army with drama, humor, and pathos, and reminds us of the importance of the extraordinary contributions of ordinary persons to history. Joseph Plumb Martin grew up in the midst of the American Revolution. He first enlisted in the Continental Army during 1776, when only 15 years old, and went on the serve as a rank and file soldier for eight campaign seasons. During these seasons he endured all the horrors of war, including...
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Ordinary Courage: The Revolutionary War Adventures of Joseph Plumb Martin

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Overview

This classic memoir describes Joseph Plumb Martin’s adventures as a patriot in Washington’s army with drama, humor, and pathos, and reminds us of the importance of the extraordinary contributions of ordinary persons to history. Joseph Plumb Martin grew up in the midst of the American Revolution. He first enlisted in the Continental Army during 1776, when only 15 years old, and went on the serve as a rank and file soldier for eight campaign seasons. During these seasons he endured all the horrors of war, including killer diseases, virtual starvation, brutal weather, and bloody combat. In the process, Martin helped create the new American nation.

This new edition is enriched by James Kirby Martin’s expanded and updated introduction, chapter headnotes, and suggestions for further reading, while new overview maps invite the reader to chart Joseph Plumb Martin’s travels throughout the war.

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What People Are Saying

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“If I had to rely on a single book to convey the full experience of the Revolutionary War, it would certainly be Joseph Plumb Martin's Narrative. Martin personalizes the experience of a common solider with the freshness of youth and the wisdom of age – a truly remarkable feat. Like All Quiet on the Western Front, it's a must read classic.” – Ray Raphael, author of A People’s History of the American Revolution

“No soldier in Washington's Continental Army ever inscribed a more trenchant and vivid account of the hopes, fears, frustrations, and sufferings of the common volunteer than Joseph Plumb Martin. In this new edition of Private Martin's account, James Kirby Martin has amplified the footnotes and bibliography to breathe new life into this remarkable reminiscence. This is indispensable reading for anyone interested in the American Revolution from the inside out.” – Gary B. Nash, University of California, Los Angeles

Praise from the previous edition:

Ordinary Courage is a classic in American military history. James Kirby Martin has expertly edited the original version. It is wonderful to have such an excellent volume, so skillfully introduced and edited, available for students and the general readership.” – Joseph T. Glatthaar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444358018
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/19/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,185,102
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

James Kirby Martin is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Houston. He is the award-winning author and editor of 12 books, including Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered (1997), and (with Joseph Glatthaar) Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians and the American Revolution (2006).
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Table of Contents

Introductory Comments.

Preface.

Chapter I: Introductory.

Chapter II: Campaign of 1776.

Chapter III: Campaign of 1777.

Chapter IV: Campaign of 1778.

Chapter V: Campaign of 1779.

Chapter VI: Campaign of 1780.

Chapter VII: Campaign of 1781.

Chapter VIII: Campaign of 1782.

Chapter IX: Campaign of 1783.

Suggestions for Additional Reading.

Index

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