Roger Lamb's Journal
I found Roger Lamb’s account of his experiences as a British noncom in the American Revolution quite fascinating. He does (did) have a tendency to pad his personal experiences with background information on the Revolution and occasional digressions such as his discourse on the American whaling industry ... all of which I personally found interesting.<BR><BR> Lamb’s report of the Battle of Saratoga is in basic agreement with that of Lieutenant Thomas Anburey and Baroness Riedesel, but it was interesting to read about it from the point of view of an enlisted man. His personal account of his escapes and experiences in the campaign in the Carolinas added much to Anburey’s and Riedesel’s books.<BR><BR> On the down side; Lamb rants against the accusations of atrocities committed by the British. Having lost an ancestor captured at Fort Washington and murdered on one of the notorious prison ships in New York harbor (as described in <I>American Prisoners of the Revolution</I> by Danske Dandridge), I feel that Sergeant Lamb “doth protest too much.”<BR><BR> The book is a “reprint” of the 1809 edition; i. e., a photo-copy of a rather poorly printed old book. It is readable, and I am glad to have it. It is more readable than the Google Book version on the internet.<BR><BR> One final comment; perhaps a digression on my part. The reports of Roger Lamb, Lieutenant Anburey, Generalin Riedesel and, perhaps Colonel George Hanger’ <I>Advice</I> should all have been read and digested by anyone interested in the American Revolution. Every one of these report goes out of its way to comment on the accuracy and effectiveness of the American rifleman. I am staggered that academic historians of American history fell over themselves to acclaim with shouts of huzzah and monetary reward Bellesiles’ fraudulent research.
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