The diary has never been published. Frances Dickinson Ackerly transcribed the text and identified its author as Pvt. Moses Sleeper of Newburyport. Her essay about that identification is available for downloading.
The diary begins on June 10, 1775, shortly before the Battle of Bunker Hill. For July 2-3, as shown to the right, Sleeper recorded events this way:
Sunday [July] 2The diary ends on September 7, 1776, during the British army’s campaign to capture New York.
the Gageites* fired upon our people
At Roxbury and hove a number of
Carcases* and bums* but did no damage
Only burnt one house In the Afternoon
Rain till Knight General Washington
Came In to the Camps
[* “Gageites” were the British troops, so called after their commander, Gen. Thomas Gage. “Carcases” were hollow cases or shells filled with combustible material and and thrown from a mortar or howitzer in an attempt to set fire to buildings. “Bums” was Sleeper’s spelling of “bombs.”]
Monday July 3
turned out Early In the
Morning Got in Rediness to Recieve
the General New Orders Given out
by General Washington
Here is a searchable online transcription of the diary.