Johann Michael Lindenmuth was born 25 April 1737 in BoÌˆdigheim, Germany. His parents were Johann Michael Lindenmuth (1708-1781) and Maria Margaretha Wolff. They emigrated in 1754 and settled in Berks County, Pennsylvania. He fought in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. He married Maria Eva NoÌˆcker in 1760 and had two children. He married Anna Catharina Geschwindt in 1764 and had fourteen children. He died in 1812.
"Johann Michael Lindenmuth has left us one of the better day-to-day journals of the French & Indian War as well as a brief journal of his service in the Revolutionary War...When Lindenmuth was discharged in December 1759, he had fought through a multitude of the battles, skirmishes, and ambushes in western Pennsylvania. In a laconic, direct, and simple style he tells of what happened, who did it, and why. Amid the tales of scalping, looting, murder, mayhem, and of boredom, fatigue, huger, and desparir, Lindemuth also tells us of his family and friends, his ancestors, and his children and grandchildren." [from the back cover]
by J. C. B. Prepared by Pennsylvania Historical Survey (Frontier Forts and Trails Survey) Division of Community Service Projects, Work Projects Administration. Edited by Sylvester K. Stevens, Donald H. Kent and Emma Edith Woods.
Place of Publication
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Public Instruction, The Pennsylvania Historical Commission,
Date of Publication
xiv, 167 p. front., illus., plates (incl. map) 24 cm.
Maps on lining papers.
"The present translation is based on Casgrain's edition."--p. vi.
"A French soldier set down his memories of life and adventure in western Pennsylvania and other parts of North America during the thrilling events of the French and Indian War, and called the book 'Voyage au Canada dans le nord de l' Amerique Septentrionale, fait depuis l'an 1751 A 1761'...The author is known only by his initials, J.C.B...These reminiscences of life and events in the wilderness, in the towns of New France, and as a prisoner in New York City, give vivid pictures of the experiences of an ordinary man in an age which was full of significance for the future of America. [from the foreword]