Joseph Plumb Martin

Joseph Plumb Martin wrote A Narrative of Some of the Adventures, Dangers and Sufferings of a Revolutionary Soldier. Published in Hallowell, Maine, in 1830, Martin's memoir is the most informative and readable account of the war-detailed, engaging, and humorous. Martin had a wonderful memory and considerable gifts as a storyteller. Martin's inclination to relate a good yarn, however, compromised the historical merits of the work. He related witnessing events that he could not have seen and appears to have improved upon other happenings.

In June 1778, Martin was a 17-year old private in the 8th Connecticut Regiment, an element of Varnum's Brigade.


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