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A Young Patriot by Jim  Murphy
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Mar 26, 10

bookshelves: non-fiction
Recommended for: Revolutionary history buffs
Read from March 25 to 26, 2010

A vivid account, much of it first-hand, that shatters the illusions that I, at least, was taught about the Revolutionary War. Joseph Martin was 14 when he marched off to war from his grandparents' home in Milford, Connecticut, eager to join what he was sure would be a monumental experience. Unfortunately, the Continental soldiers and their leader, George Washington, were inexperienced and poorly equipped to meet the larger British army. During most of his years in the service Joseph and his outfit were poorly fed ( that doesn't mean only one meal a day--it means maybe a few bites of food every three or four days). It is stunning to me to realize how many times the Continental Army (which Congress refused to fund adequately) came close to losing decisively battles or maneuvers which might have ended the war in Britain's favor had they turned out just a bit differently. That they won is testament to the Continental soldiers' loyalty, unbounded perseverance, and courage. This book is a gripping account of the War from the point of view of an individual young soldier, that casts the military events in deeply human terms. Lexile 1140.
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