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Citizen Soldier: The Revolutionary War Journal of Joseph Bloomfield

Lender, Mark E. And James Kirby Martin (eds)

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ISBN 10: 0911020055 / ISBN 13: 9780911020052
Published by New Jersey Historical Society, 1982
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover first printing, book is flawless, dustjacket is in excellent condition with slight tanning on the spine and no other flaws, a scarce work on this compassionate officer who was admired by his men, "both scholars and general readers will find new information on the Continental soldier; the American Revolution's impact on society; warfare in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania; and the motives and actions of the Revolutionary generation," illustrated, this copy is inscribed and signed by editor Lender: "10/28/82, Mr. Walter E. Parehall. Very best regards. Mark Lender"; Signed by Editor. Bookseller Inventory # 027018

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Title: Citizen Soldier: The Revolutionary War ...

Publisher: New Jersey Historical Society

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

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A new edition of the eyewitness account that introduced readers to the experience of the Continental army 

“About sunset we made a stand, when I was wounded, having a Ball with the Wad shot through my left forearm & the fuse set my coat and shirt on fire.” So wrote Major Joseph Bloomfield in his journal on September 11, 1777, describing his experiences during the hard-fought battle of Brandywine. Bloomfield was an officer in the 3rd New Jersey Regiment from 1776 to 1779. His service took him from Fort Stanwix to Fort Ticonderoga in New York, to the battle of Brandywine in Pennsylvania, and to the battle of Monmouth in his native state. He later served as governor of New Jersey from 1801 to 1812. A compassionate officer admired by his men, Bloomfield carefully recounted the hardships of military campaigns—the swings of morale, the shortage of supplies, the ever-present illnesses—and the intensity of combat. Of special interest are Bloomfield’s important notes on the culture and behavior of the Iroquois tribes known collectively as the Six Nations, which played a crucial role in revolutionary New York.
   Unpublished and all but unknown when the first edition—skillfully edited by historians Mark Edward Lender and Joseph Kirby Martin—appeared, Bloomfield’s wartime journal was praised for providing both scholars and general readers with new information on the Continental soldier; the revolution’s impact on society; warfare in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania; and the motives and actions of the revolutionary generation. Soldiers and civilians, Patriots and Tories, come alive in this fascinating eyewitness narrative. This new edition of Citizen Soldier: The Revolutionary War Journal of Joseph Bloomfield—the first in thirty-five years—includes a new introduction and bibliographic essay by the editors. 

About the Author:

MARK EDWARD LENDER is Emeritus Professor of History at Kean University. He has written widely on early American military and social history, including Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle, a finalist for the 2017 George Washington Prize.

JAMES KIRBY MARTIN is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of History at the University of Houston. Among his many books are Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered and A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic, 1763–1789, with Mark Edward Lender. 

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