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A Military Journal During The American Revolutionary War, From 1775 To 1783

by James Thacher

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First published in 1854, and known as "Thacher's American Revolution," this highly detailed record of the author's experiences as a medical officer between January 1775 and January 1783 presented a remarkable military history of the war and especially the sufferings of the American army and the actions of the American officers and generals who Thacher observed and sometimes cared for. The volume also remans invaluable for its extensive appendixes which include substantial biographical sketches of American generals and several documents including Burgoyne's "Observations" respecting the Battle of Saratoga. Reprint edition. 2005: 494 pages, softcover. (Scholar's Bookshelf)


This book was actually first published January 1, 1823. I have a 2nd edition copy, published March 10, 1827 (Cotton & Barnard). Found it in an antique store about 20 years ago in Rumford, Maine. I hardly dare to finish reading my copy, as cover is almost off - probably should try to find a newer copy to read and save this one. My 4th great grandfather (then 18) fought in the war, and I was recently given, by my father, the 5-dollar bank note he earned as partial payment for his service.
Note: President John Adams himself provided this review of the book shortly before his death: "Dear Sir, I have had read to me your valuable Journal of your campaigns in the American revolutionary war, and I have no hesitation in saying that it is the most natural, simple, and faithful narration of facts that I have seen in any history of that period. It preserves the memory of many men and many facts of which I was wholly ignorant until I heard that book read to me; particularly the conduct of General Peter Muhlenberg, of Pennsylvania, who in the collisions and conflicts of party spirit has not had any justice done him in this country. As I was absent in Europe a great part of the time which your Journal embraces, I was necessarily uninformed of many particulars which your work has cleared up. Posterity will be under great obligations to you for this labor, and every man of the present age who can afford to purchase it, ought to have it." A pretty good review from President John Adams!


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