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Preview this item Preview this item. The ordinary and yet exceptional experiences of a young soldier in Washington's army are given a new life in this fourth edition, sensitively edited for a modern readership. Find a copy online Links to this item ebrary. Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private.
Ordinary Courage: The Revolutionary War Adventures of Joseph Plumb Martin
Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Classic primary source on the Revolutionary War Edited by a leading US authority on the period Features extra maps and a more extensive bibliography Includes a new Afterword by Karen Guenther on film portrayals of the continental soldier. Read more Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers.
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United States -- History -- Revolution, -- Personal narratives. Soldiers -- United States -- Biography. United States. Linked Data More info about Linked Data. All rights reserved. Remember me on this computer. Cancel Forgot your password? Print book : Biography : English : Fourth edition View all editions and formats. Neither this house nor the barracks were of much use at this time, for it was as much as a man's life was worth to enter them, the enemy often directing their shot at them in particular.
In front of that barracks and other necessary places were parades and walks; the rest of the ground was soft mud.
I have seen the enemy's shells fall upon it an sink so low that their report could not be heard when they burst, and I could only feel a tremulous motion of the earth at the time. At other time, when they burst near the surface of the proud, they would throw the mud fifty feet in the air.
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The British had erected five batteries with six heavy guns in each and a bomb battery with three long mortars in it on the opposite side of the water, which separated the island from the main on the west, and which was but a short distance across. Howitzer, and an 8 inch mortar included in the battery. The first attempt the British made against the place after I entered it was by the Augusta a sixty-four-gun ship.
While maneuvering one dark night she got on the cheaveau-de-frise which had been sunk in the channel of the river. As soon as she was discovered in the morning we plied her so well with hot shot, that she was soon in flames. Boats were sent from the shipping below to her assistance, but our shot proving too hot for them, they were obliged to leave her to her fate.
In an hour or two she blew up with an explosion which seemed to shake the earth to its center, leaving a volume of smoke like a thundercloud, which, as the air was calm, remained an hour or two. A twenty-gun ship [the Merlin ] which had come to the assistance of the Augusta in her distress shared her fate soon after.
Joseph Plumb Martin
His father was a pastor who often got in trouble for speaking his mind too freely. At the age of seven, Joseph was sent to live with his affluent grandfather. When the war started in Martin chafed to enlist but he was too young. Many of Martin's friends had enlisted and Martin was quite susceptible to their peer pressure.
In June of , at the age of 15, Martin, though wary of a long enlistment, decided "to take a priming before I took upon me the whole coat of paint for a soldier. After serving at the Battles of Brooklyn and White Plains on the side of the Patriots, the farm boy decided not to reenlist in December
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