An American Seafarer in the Age of Sail by Barry Richard Burg
The Erotic Diaries of Philip C. Van Buskirk, 1851-1870

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Philip C. Van Buskirk enlisted in the US Marines in 1846 at the age of 12, and from 1851 he recorded his experiences and thoughts in a diary. The author of this book draws on the diaries of Van Buskirk to paint a picture of life in 19th-century America.

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B.R. Burg is Professor of History at Arizona State University and the author of Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition, also available from NYU Press.
Published April 27, 1994 by Yale University Press. 238 pages
Genres: History, War, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Philip Van Buskirk, a 12-year-old who joined the U.S. Marines in 1846 as a music boy, played drums on a Navy ship, first in the Mexican War and then with the East India Squadron in 1851.

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