By Charles Patrick Neimeyer
One of the photographs american citizens carry most useful is that of the drum-beating, fire-eating Yankee Doodle Dandy insurgent, overpowering his British adversaries via sheer grit and resolution. the parable of the classless, independence-minded farmer or hard-working artisan-turned-soldier is deeply ingrained within the nationwide psyche.
Charles Neimeyer the following separates truth from fiction, revealing for the 1st time who rather served within the military in the course of the Revolution and why. His conclusions are startling. as the military relied totally on these not hooked up to the hot American aristorcracy, the African americans, Irish, Germans, local americans, laborers-for-hire, and "free white males at the circulate" who served within the military have been purely hardly ever alltruistic patriots pushed through a imaginative and prescient of liberty and nationwide unity.
Bringing to gentle the real composition of the enlisted ranks, the relationships of African-Americans and of local americans to the military, and diverse acts of mutiny, desertion, and resistance opposed to officials and govt, Charles Patrick Neimeyer the following presents the 1st accomplished and traditionally actual portrait of the Continental soldier.
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