True to the Old Flag
A Tale of the American War for Independence (1774-1781)
G. A. Henty on audiobook, read aloud by Jim Hodges
True to the Old Flag presents the story of the American struggle for Independence from a British perspective, thereby giving the reader considerable insight into the point of view of the Loyalists, who are said to comprise perhaps one third of the colonial population.
Just before the outbreak of the American War for Independence, young Harold Wilson of Concord, Massachusetts, visits his cousins on the frontier, and quickly adapts to the life of a frontiersman. When Indians attack the Welch homestead, his quick thinking saves his life and that of his cousin Nelly. He returns to Concord in time to witness the battle of Lexington and Concord, and when his father is given command of a Loyalist company, he serves as a scout and undertakes several dangerous missions, including a long and dangerous trip in the middle of winter into the heart of Indian country to rescue Nelly and another captive.
Captured at the battle of Kings Mountain and imprisoned in Richmond, he escapes and serves with the Royalist forces in South Carolina. After the surrender at Yorktown, he sails for England, later returning to the continent to settle in Canada.
About G. A. Henty
George Alfred Henty, better known as G.A. Henty, began his storytelling career with his own children. After dinner, he would spend an hour or two telling them a story that would continue the next day. Some stories took weeks to finish! A friend was present one day and, watching the spell-bound reaction of his children, suggested that Henty write down his stories so others could enjoy them. He did and, as the saying goes, the rest is history! Henty wrote 144 books as well as numerous stories for magazines and became known as “The Prince of Story-Tellers” and “The Boy’s Own Historian.” One of Mr. Henty’s secretaries reported that he would quickly pace back and forth in his study, dictating stories as fast as the secretary could write them down!
Henty’s stories revolve around fictional boy heroes caught up in the events of fascinating times in history. The heroes of Henty stories are diligent, intelligent, and dedicated to their country and cause in the face of great perils. They fight in wars, sail the seas, make discoveries, conquer evil empires, prospect for gold, and participate in a host of other exciting adventures. Along the way, they cross paths with some of history’s most famous people. Henty’s heroes live through tumultuous historic eras, meeting leaders of that time. Every reader of Henty will gain an understanding of nations and cultures, as these are conveyed as a natural element of the reading. They’re one of the best ways to cultivate a taste for history in any reader!