True to the Old Flag

A Tale of the American War of Independence

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Author: G. A. Henty
Published: 1884
Language: English
Wordcount: 108,454 / 306 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.1
LoC Categories: PR, PZ
Downloads: 1,781 3496

"Does justice to the pluck and determination of the British soldiers. The son of an American loyalist, who remains true to our flag, falls among the hostile redskins in that very Huron country which has been endeared to us by the exploits of Hawkeye and Chingachgook."--The Times.

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pretty well that the place would make a stout fight, won't waste his time by making a regular attack upon it. You might hold out for twenty-four hours; the clearing is open and there aint no shelter to be had. He would be safe to lose a sight of men, and this would be a bad beginning, and would discourage his warriors greatly. No, I reckon War Eagle will leave you alone for the present. Maybe he will send a scout to see whether you are prepared; it's as likely as not that one is spying at us somewhere among the trees now. I should lose no time in driving in the animals and getting well in shelter. When they see you are prepared they will leave you alone; at least, for the present. Afterward there's no saying--that will depend on how they get on at the settlements. If they succeed there and get lots of booty and plenty of scalps, they may march back without touching you; they will be in a hurry to get to their villages and have their feasts and dancing. If they are beaten off at the settlements I reckon they


Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****

ok Henty fare. You probably won't read many books written from the loyalist perspective in the American revolutionary war. About half of the book is taken up with battle statistics as Henty makes his case that the English (he uses this term rather than British) were superior to the Americans in almost every way but numbers. (even contradicting himself when he tries to claim there were more loyalists than rebels)
Still its refreshing to see things from the other side, especially that Henty doesn't downplay American brutality during the conflict. I'm guessing this one might ruffle a few patriotic feathers.

Gordon Berlyne

This is a novel about the American War of Independence - told from the British side. The hero views Bunker Hill, but misses other major engagements - possibly too painful for Henty. However he doesn't hesitate to criticise British generalship.
The war ends in British defeat at Yorktown and the hero goes to Canada, as indeed did many Royalists.

Gordon Berlyne OBE

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