Joseph Plumb Martin was born in western Massachusetts in 1760. His father, the Reverend Ebenezer Martin, was often at odds with parishes for his unorthodox opinions and his impulsiveness, so his son was raised from the age of seven by his well-to-do grandparents in Milford, Connecticut. At age fifteen, he enlisted for a six-month period in the Connecticut state troops and fought mostly in the New York City area. A few months after his first tour of duty, Martin joined the Continental Army for the remainder of the war. After the war, he settled on Maine's frontier, where he was a respected, if not prosperous, farmer. At different times in the following years, Martin served as selectman, justice of the peace, and town clerk. In 1830, he anonymously published his memoirs, although his identity was never a well-kept secret. Joseph Plumb Martin died in 1850. Thomas Fleming is a distinguished historian and the author of numerous critically acclaimed and bestselling novels. His masterpiece, The Officers' Wives, was an international bestseller with over two million copies sold. His novels Time and Tide and Liberty Tavern were both New York Times bestsellers. He is also the author of the award-winning PBS miniseries Liberty! The American Revolution. A decade ago, Fleming was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Historians. He writes frequently for American Heritage Magazine and is contributing editor of the Quarterly Journal of Military History. His most recent nonfiction novel is Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Future of America. Thomas Fleming lives in New York City.Martin, Joseph Plumb is the author of 'Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier Some of the Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of Joseph Plumb Martin', published 2001 under ISBN 9780451528117 and ISBN 0451528115.