By Charles Patrick Neimeyer
One of the photographs americans carry most respected 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 fairly served within the military through the Revolution and why. His conclusions are startling. as the military relied totally on these not attached to the recent American aristorcracy, the African american citizens, Irish, Germans, local american citizens, laborers-for-hire, and "free white males at the stream" who served within the military have been purely not often alltruistic patriots pushed by way of a imaginative and prescient of liberty and nationwide unity.
Bringing to mild the real composition of the enlisted ranks, the relationships of African-Americans and of local american citizens to the military, and various acts of mutiny, desertion, and resistance opposed to officials and executive, Charles Patrick Neimeyer the following presents the 1st entire and traditionally actual portrait of the Continental soldier.
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