By the sword

by selenecastrovilla

Meet Benjamin Tallmadge, a young teacher in the midst of Revolutionary America. Spurred by the cry for freedom and the blood spilled at the battles of Lexington and Concord, Benjamin sacrifices his career and his dreams to enlist in George Washington’s army. Follow Benjamin and his beloved horse, Highlander, into fiery combat at the Battle of Long Island. Hear cannons blast, smell gunpowder, watch the enemy barrel forward as Benjamin must fire or die. Witness grisly war as Benjamin grapples with the realities of being a soldier, and see whether he and the rest of the battered Americans can escape from Brooklyn unscathed. Selene Castrovilla has woven Benjamin Tallmadge’s own account with additional details from primary-source documents and extensive research to deliver this thrilling narrative of one of American history’s most harrowing moments. An action-adventure story with heart, BY THE SWORD will have you rooting for Benjamin as he gives his all for his country, and for his horse.


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