Joseph Plumb Martin--"Private Yankee Doodle"--recreated as no one else has ever done the daily life of the Revolutionary soldier. He witholds nothing of the hard times: the fright, pain, and death of battle... the grinding agony of marches without rest or sleep... the days of belly-twisting hunger. But he balances these dangers and sufferings with accounts of diversions--hunting, fishing, boxing--of pranks and frolics, and of encounters with an occasional sassy miss. This new edition has been widely hailed as a rediscovered gem of American history.
This was a great resource when I was homeschooling. Very detailed but the soldier is young so the writing is interesting to school age kids. And the sections are dated and can be referenced easily.