By James Otis
This particular book is copyrighted 1895. As such, being a children's book, there is nothing in the way of langauge or insinuation that would hinder the willingness to let children read it.
The story follows three lads from New Hampshire as they follow their desire to enlist in the Contential army in 1781.
First they head off to join Col. Scammell (a fellow townsman), being chased first by an uncle of one of the lads and later by a couple of Tory spies. From there they are sent to Virginia where they get the dangerous mission of spying for General Lafayette. Finally they are able to actually enlist and prove themselves noble soldiers all during the seige of Yorktown.
Being a book written in the late 1800's the story moves slightly slower than modern stories tend to. (In fact, I thought the author wrote rather like I do--there seemed almost to be mutliple climaxes.) I did enjoy it mostly, but did take some issue with the constant allusion to "luck". It was meant as "luck" and not providence--at least as far as I could descern. That was my really biggest problem with the story. The fact that one of the characters (Josh) held a great deal of animosity towards another (Sim) was less bothersome. This would probably be because 1) Sim is an evil man, not to be trusted and 2) Josh never claims to be a Christain.
I thought the way the author drew quotes from historical books and documents during the later part of the book to detail the situation around about the fall of Yorktown was an interesting tactic.
A Reformed Presbyterian girl who enjoys a good movie or a good book any ol'
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