Private soldiering at the beginning of the Revolutionary War was just that; private. How many people in this present generation would know this. Enjoy this week’s REDMOND’S REVIEW.
PRIVATE SOLDIERS UNDER GEORGE WASHINGTON
The Private Soldier Under Washington, Charles K. Bolton, 1902.
As we have just celebrated the anniversary of the birth of the great experiment that is the United States of America, I thought it would be a good time to read and review a wonderful book by Charles K. Bolton that was published in 1902. The book titled “The Private Solider Under Washington,” is a must read for any one who wants to gain insight in a very informative and entertaining way of what is was like to be a solider in the army of Washington himself.
The reader is brought in a very endearing way, into the day to day life of the soldier who marched with, lived with and fought along side George Washington. In this book you learn what pay was like, food was like, and you learn how the troops passed the time. You learn long forgotten nicknames that some of the most famous people of the time of our founding had for each other.
Did you know for example that in one colony the price for a rifle for a soldier may be 3-5 pounds in one state, but in another only 2 pounds? Did you know that the average penalty for theft in camp by a soldier was 39 lashes? And, did you know that Washington was very skeptical of foreign “soldiers for hire” and almost always chose to have local, inexperienced militia that he could train, than worry about the allegiance of a for hire soldier.
JERKING A STONE
This is one of my favorite parts of this book. It was when George Washington himself, showed a group of young soldiers how to skip a stone over water. Imagine the father of our country doing that! Back then it was called “jerking a stone.” This wonderful book is free in the public record.
Written By: Darren Redmond
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