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For Love of Country - A Story of Land and Sea in the Days of the Revolution

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of For Love of Country, by Cyrus Townsend BradyThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it,give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online atwww.gutenberg.netTitle: For Love of Country A Story of Land and Sea in the Days of the RevolutionAuthor: Cyrus Townsend BradyRelease Date: March 10, 2007 [EBook #20791]Language: English*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY ***Produced by Al HainesFor Love of CountryA Story of Land and Sea in the Days of the RevolutionBYCYRUS TOWNSEND BRADYAUTHOR OF "THE GRIP OF HONOR," "FOR THE FREEDOM OF THE SEA,"ETC.NEW YORKCHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS1908Copyright, 1898,BY CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONSAll rights reserved.TO THESociety of the Sons of the Revolution,And those kindred organizations whose chief function is to cultivate a spirit of patriotism and love of country in thepresent by recalling the struggles and sacrifices of the past.PREFACESince the action of this story falls during the periods, and the book deals with personages and incidents, which areusually treated of in the more serious pages of history, it is proper that some brief word of explanation should be writtenby which I might confirm some of the romantic happenings hereafter related, which to the casual reader may appear todraw too heavily upon his credulity for ...
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The Project Gutenberg EBook of For Love of
Country, by Cyrus Townsend Brady
This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at
no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the
terms of the Project Gutenberg License included
with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net
Title: For Love of Country A Story of Land and Sea
in the Days of the Revolution
Author: Cyrus Townsend Brady
Release Date: March 10, 2007 [EBook #20791]
Language: English
*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG
EBOOK FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY ***
Produced by Al HainesFor Love of Country
A Story of Land and Sea in the Days of the
Revolution
BY
CYRUS TOWNSEND BRADYAUTHOR OF "THE GRIP OF
HONOR," "FOR THE FREEDOM
OF THE SEA," ETC.NEW YORK
CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS
1908
Copyright, 1898,
BY CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS
All rights reserved.TO THE
Society of the Sons of the Revolution,
And those kindred organizations whose chief
function is to cultivate a spirit of patriotism and
love of country in the present by recalling the
struggles and sacrifices of the past.PREFACE
Since the action of this story falls during the
periods, and the book deals with personages and
incidents, which are usually treated of in the more
serious pages of history, it is proper that some
brief word of explanation should be written by
which I might confirm some of the romantic
happenings hereafter related, which to the casual
reader may appear to draw too heavily upon his
credulity for acceptance.
The action between the Randolph and the
Yarmouth really happened, the smaller ship did
engage the greater for the indicated purpose,
much as I have told it; and if I have ventured to
substitute another name for that of the gallant
sailor and daring hero, Captain Nicholas Biddle,
who commanded the little Randolph, and lost his
life, on that occasion, I trust this paragraph may be
considered as making ample amends. The
remarkable fight between those two ships is worthy
of more extended notice than has hitherto been
given it, in any but the larger tones (and not even
in some of those) of the time. As far as my
information permits me to say, there never was a
more heroic battle on the seas.
Again, it is evident to students of history that the
character of Washington has not been properly
understood hitherto, by the very people who revere
his name, though the excellent books of Messrs.Ford, Wilson, Lodge, Fiske, and others are doing
much to destroy the popular canonization which
made of the man a saint; in defence of my
characterization of him I am able to say that the
incidents and anecdotes and most of the
conversations in which he appears are absolutely
historical.
If I have dwelt too long and too circumstantially
upon the Trenton and Princeton campaigns for a
book so light in character as is this one, it may be
set down to an ardent admiration for Washington
as man and soldier, and a design again to exhibit
him as he was at one of the most critical and
brilliant points of his career. Furthermore, I find
that the school and other histories commonly
accessible to ordinary people are not sufficiently
awake to the importance and brilliancy of the
campaign, and I cherish the hope that this book
may serve, in some measure, to establish its
value.
I have freely used all the histories and narratives to
which I had access, without hesitation; and if I
have anticipated a distinguished arrival, or
hastened the departure of a ship, or altered the
date of a naval battle, or changed its scene, I plead
the example of the distinguished masters of fiction,
to warrant me.
In closing I cannot refrain from thanking those who
have so kindly assisted me with advice and
correction during the writing of this story and the
reading of the proof, especially the Rev. A. J. P.McClure.
C. T. B.
PHILADELPHIA, PENNA., November, 1897.
Contents
Book I
THE EVENTS OF A NIGHT
CHAPTER
I KATHARINE YIELDS HER INDEPENDENCE II
THE COUNTRY FIRST OF ALL III COLONEL
WILTON IV LORD DUNMORE'S MEN PAY AN
EVENING CALL V A TIMELY INTERFERENCE VI
A FAITHFUL SUBJECT OF HIS MAJESTY VII
THE LOYAL TALBOTS VIII AN UNTOLD STORY
IX BENTLEY'S PRAYER X A SOLDIER'S
EPITAPH
Book II
KNIGHTS ERRANT OF THE SEAXI CAPTAIN JOHN PAUL JONES XII AN
IMPORTANT COMMISSION XIII A CLEVER
STRATAGEM XIV A SURPRISE FOR THE JUNO
XV CHASED BY A FRIGATE XVI 'TWIXT LOVE
AND DUTY XVII AN INCIDENTAL PASSAGE AT
ARMS XVIII DUTY WINS THE GAME
Book III
THE LION AT BAY
XIX THE PORT OF PHILADELPHIA XX A
WINTER CAMP XXI THE BOATSWAIN TELLS
THE STORY XXII WASHINGTON—A MAN WITH
HUMAN PASSIONS XXIII LIEUTENANT
MARTIN'S LESSON XXIV CROSSING THE
DELAWARE XXV TRENTON—THE LION
STRIKES XXVI MY LORD CORNWALLIS XXVII
THE LION TURNS FOX XXVIII THE BRITISH
PLAY "TAPS" XXIX THE LAST OF THE
TALBOTS
Book IV
A DEATH GRAPPLE ON THE DEEP
XXX A SAILOR'S OPINION OF THE LAND XXXI
SEYMOUR'S DESPERATE RESOLUTION XXXII
THE PRISONERS ON THE YARMOUTH XXXIII
TWO PROPOSALS XXXIV CAPTAIN VINCENT
MYSTIFIED XXXV BENTLEY SAYS GOOD-BY

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