John Wilkins, American Revolution, Pennsylvania State history, 18th century, American militias
Economic History | History | Military History | United States History
In this article, Howard L. Applegate describes and includes an excerpt of the autobiography of John Wilkins, a shop owner in Pennsylvania during the American Revolution period who became a militia captain. Instead of detailing the colonial militia of the time, Wilkins related how militia members often took on significant financial burdens in order to keep the regiment intact, and lamented the rampant devaluation, inflation and speculation that occurred during this turbulent period in American history.
Applegate, Howard L. "Financial Problems of A Revolutionary: The Memoir of John Wilkins." The Courier 8.3 (1971): 28-34.