Memoirs of Andrew Sherburne: A Pensioner of the Navy of the Revolution. Written by Himself. Andrew Sherburn.
Memoirs of Andrew Sherburne: A Pensioner of the Navy of the Revolution. Written by Himself.
Memoirs of Andrew Sherburne: A Pensioner of the Navy of the Revolution. Written by Himself.
Memoirs of Andrew Sherburne: A Pensioner of the Navy of the Revolution. Written by Himself.
Memoirs of Andrew Sherburne: A Pensioner of the Navy of the Revolution. Written by Himself.
Memoirs of Andrew Sherburne: A Pensioner of the Navy of the Revolution. Written by Himself.
Memoirs of Andrew Sherburne: A Pensioner of the Navy of the Revolution. Written by Himself.
Memoirs of Andrew Sherburne: A Pensioner of the Navy of the Revolution. Written by Himself.

Memoirs of Andrew Sherburne: A Pensioner of the Navy of the Revolution. Written by Himself.

Utica: William Williams, 1828. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. A Very Good copy with general rubbing to the binding along with some loss to the front board's upper right and a short split to the front joint's lower portion. An autobiographic account of Andrew Sherburn's service in the American Navy during the Revolutionary War against its colonial rulers. The Preface states that, at time of the work's publication, he was one of the "few surviving actors in a Revolution which gave freedom and prosperity to the Great Republic of North America." While George Washington and the leaders of the Revolution could draw upon existing State malitias and recruits to the Continental Army, there was no Navy that would be utilitized to provide sailors for the Revolutionary forces. In consequence, the leaders of the Revolution recruited naval captains and sailors to serve as Privateers, a role which some colonists had undertaken for Great Britain in that nation's eighteenth-century wars against Spain, France, and the Netherlands in the eithteenth Century. Sherburn was about nine (9) years old when General Gage utilized both land and naval forces to take possession of Boston. Caught up in the excitement of the times and the views of his Uncle with whom he resided, Sherburn yearned to participate on the Revolutionary side. In 1779, at age 13, he joined the crew of the Ranger, a privateer formerly captained by John Paul Jones and at that time captained by Thomas Simpson. (Privateers had been legalized by the American Congress.) He was taken prisoner by the British but was then released when he fell ill and nearly died in a British Prison. He later became a Baptist Minister and an early settler in Ohio. This interesting volume give Sherburn's account of his early shipboard life, his conversion experience, his experiences as an itinerant preacher as well as his difficult trip on a raft down an Ohio river clogged with ice. Within, the volume shows a 19th century ink ownership signature to the front free endpape as well as scattered foxing, especially to the pastedowns and free endpapers. A Very Good copy. Very good. Item #3446

Price: $375.00

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