Our founding fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor – things that had they lost would have been forfeit, especially for those that were in the army. There was no Geneva convention and the British could try and hang captured Americans as traitors. That they did not do this in every case was due largely to political considerations, the need to exchange for their own captured officers, the income from prisoners families paying for their provisions and the fact that some prisoners were allowed to “change sides” and fight for the British – as many as 25% may have taken this choice and considering that the mortality rate for those who did not was nearly 80% it is an easy choice to understand.
We owe our very existence as a nation to the genius of George Washington and the courage of the men that he convinced to fight for eight long years and this book provides wonderful insight into the lives of these men and the hardships they endured.
It has been noted that the founding fathers believed in God but did not go to church which is what distinguishes them from modern politicians and although this may be a bit glib we would ask you to stop and think of the last American politician who risked their fortune and their freedom in defense of liberty – go ahead, take an hour or two if needed, we can’t come up with any names. As for sacred honor…………………..
The first American army : the untold story of George Washington and the men behind America’s first fight for freedom Bruce Chadwick Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, c 2005 United States. Continental Army Military life Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. 399 p.,  p. of plates : ill., 1 map ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. -390) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.
This is the first book that offers a you-are-there look at the American Revolution through the eyes of the enlisted men. Through searing portraits of individual soldiers, Bruce Chadwick, author of George Washington’s War, brings alive what it was like to serve then in the American army.
With interlocking stories of ordinary Americans, he evokes what it meant to face brutal winters, starvation, terrible homesickness and to go into battle against the much-vaunted British regulars and their deadly Hessian mercenaries.
The reader lives through the experiences of those terrible and heroic times when a fifteen-year-old fifer survived the Battle of Bunker Hill, when Private Josiah Atkins escaped unscathed from the bloody battles in New York and when a doctor and a minister shared the misery of the wounded and dying. These intertwining stories are drawn from their letters and never-before-quoted journals found in the libraries belonging to the camps where Washington quartered his troops during those desperate years.