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An interesting journal of Abner Stocking of Chatham, Connecticut detailing the distressing events of the expedition against Quebec, under the command of Col. Arnold in the year 1775   By: (1753-)

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In the midst of gritty and futile battles during the American Revolution, soldier Abner Stocking somehow managed to maintain a remarkably vivid account of his experiences. "An interesting journal of Abner Stocking of Chatham, Connecticut detailing the distressing events of the expedition against Quebec, under the command of Col. Arnold in the year 1775" is a rare and invaluable historical artifact that offers a first-person perspective on the disastrous expedition led by Colonel Arnold.

Stocking's journal takes us on an engaging and harrowing journey, providing an unfiltered glimpse into the hardships faced by American troops in their attempt to capture Quebec from British forces. From the very first page, the reader is immediately immersed in the chaotic world of revolutionary warfare. Stocking's writing, though simple and sometimes fragmented, conveys the urgency and desperation he and his comrades felt throughout the campaign. His honesty in sharing his emotions, from fear to despair, adds a poignant element to the narrative.

One of the most striking aspects of this journal is Stocking's attention to detail. With each entry, he records the daily life of soldiers, the treacherous terrain they navigated, the bitterly cold weather, and the constant threat of enemy ambushes. His descriptions of the landscape, the mighty rivers they crossed, and the towering cliffs they scaled ignite the reader's imagination. Stocking's observations also shed light on the difficulties and sacrifices the American troops endured in their fight for independence.

Furthermore, this journal offers valuable insights into the leadership and decision-making processes during the expedition. Stocking shares his thoughts on Colonel Arnold’s strategies and decisions, painting a complex portrait of a leader who faced numerous challenges and obstacles. Abner Stocking's firsthand account helps the reader grasp the enormous commitment and sacrifice required from both soldiers and officers during the American Revolution.

While the historical significance of this journal cannot be overstated, it is important to note that Stocking's writing style may not appeal to all readers. His prose is occasionally disjointed, which could be attributed to the chaotic conditions in which he wrote. However, those with a keen interest in American history will find themselves captivated by Stocking's story and the invaluable historical context it provides.

In conclusion, "An interesting journal of Abner Stocking of Chatham, Connecticut detailing the distressing events of the expedition against Quebec, under the command of Col. Arnold in the year 1775" offers a unique and compelling firsthand account of the Revolutionary War. Abner Stocking's journal provides readers with an intimate understanding of the challenges faced by American troops and the fortitude required to fight for their freedom. Despite its occasional flaws, this journal is an important and enlightening piece of historical literature that deserves a place on any history enthusiast's shelf.

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Transcriber's Note

The punctuation and spelling from the original text have been faithfully preserved. Only obvious typographical errors have been corrected.

AN INTERESTING JOURNAL OF ABNER STOCKING OF CHATHAM, CONNECTICUT

DETAILING THE DISTRESSING EVENTS OF THE EXPEDITION AGAINST QUEBEC, UNDER THE COMMAND OF COL. ARNOLD IN THE YEAR 1775

Published by the relatives of Abner Stocking, now deceased

CATSKILL, N.Y. EAGLE OFFICE 1810

TARRYTOWN, N.Y.

REPRINTED

WILLIAM ABBATT 1921

BEING EXTRA NUMBER 75 OF THE MAGAZINE OF HISTORY WITH NOTES AND QUERIES

EDITOR'S PREFACE

We have already reprinted three journals of members of Arnold's famous expedition to Quebec, (Dr. Senter's, Captain Topham's and Private Morison's) and now present a fourth, written by Private Abner Stocking, which has not before been printed since its original appearance in 1810. Mr. Codman in his most valuable book on the Expedition, justly says of these and similar journals: "They constitute an invariably interesting body of historical material, which preserves unimpaired the quaint individuality of their widely diverse authors, and the unmistakable color and atmosphere of a period which must always be of particular importance to the students of American history."

INTRODUCTION

The reader cannot enter on the succeeding journal to advantage without first being acquainted with the object of the expedition, the circumstances under which it was undertaken, and the route marked out for the army to pursue... Continue reading book >>




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