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Private Joseph Plumb Martin - Revolutionary War Soldier

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Private Joseph Plumb Martin - Revolutionary War Soldier
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.81

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    continuous, enlist, enlistment, fatigue, glamorous, militia, shellings, spars, unbearable, abandon, provided, warmth, colonial, revolution, basis, ammunition
     content words:    Fort Mifflin, Joseph Plumb Martin, Now Martin, General George, Continental Army, Delaware River, Valley Forge


Private Joseph Plumb Martin - Revolutionary War Soldier
By Jane Runyon
  

1     Caption: Barracks at Fort Mifflin
 
2     Many young boys like to play "war" as children. They use sticks for guns. They make the sounds they think the guns should make. When the young boys grow up, they find that the game they played is nothing like the real thing.
 
3     Joseph Plumb Martin was born in 1760. He grew up in Massachusetts. He grew up just as a new country was growing up. The people in the colonies were getting tired of British rule. The word "independence" was spoken more and more.
 
4     War started in the colonies in 1775. Joseph, like many young men his age, wanted to play a part in the revolution. He was disappointed to find that he was too young. He was not accepted into the colonial army.
 
5     A year passed. Now Martin was sixteen, old enough to enlist in the army. His view of the war had changed somewhat over the last twelve months. From the battles he had seen and the hardships his friends had endured, he wasn't so sure he wanted to enlist for duty on a long term basis. He finally decided to enlist with the Connecticut militia for a six month term.

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