Revolutionary War Journals of Henry Dearborn, 1775 - 1783


Henry Dearborn served as an office in the American Revolution from April, 1775, until the reduction of the New Hampshire line on March 1, 1783. He fought at Bunker Hill and marched on the expedition to Quebec. He was active in the Burgoyne campaign, and joined Washington at Valley Forge. He attached with the advance division at Monmouth and did garrison duty in Connecticut. In 1779, he marched on the expedition under Sullivan against the Indians, then rejoined Washington and took part in the Yorktown campaign. Dearborn kept a journal during the entire war, with the exception of a six-month period in 1782 when he was engaged in a special mission that took him away from the army. The six parts in this volume constitute one of the few complete, eye-witness accounts of the American side of the Revolution.

These are the complete journals of Henry Dearborn, which were transcribed and printed exactly as he wrote them, insofar as is possible with type. His punctuation, spelling, abbreviations, and run on sentences have all been retained, with the occasional brackets supplying the missing letters, and punctuation to facilitate reading. Arranged chronologically, each journal is introduced separately to supply the background of the campaign or operation in which Dearborn was engaged. Also included is a biographical sketch, many useful annotations, 3 fold-out maps, a name and place index, and a bibliography. Henry Dearborn’s impersonal and objective style coupled with the advantages of his rank, which enabled him to learn the movements and objectives of the Army, produce one of the most engaging first-hand accounts of the American Revolution.

Lloyd A. Brown and Howard H. Peckham

(1939), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 280 pp.

ISBN: 9780788401244