True to the Old Flag

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(4.2 stars; 66 reviews)

This book tells the story of the American war of Independence from the side of the British. The old flag mentioned in the title is the flag of England. This is a book for young readers, but - as a good book should be - everybody can enjoy it". (Summary by Stav Nisser) (10 hr 49 min)


Preface 2:42 Read by Chela
A Frontier Farm 36:10 Read by Chela
An Indian Raid 36:22 Read by Chela
The Redskin Attack 29:15 Read by msjodi777
The Fight at Lexington 27:00 Read by msjodi777
Bunker's Hill 29:26 Read by msjodi777
Scouting 33:14 Read by TriciaG
In the Forest 32:34 Read by TriciaG
Quebec 34:21 Read by TriciaG
The Surprise of Trenton 34:35 Read by TriciaG
A Treacherous Planter 41:46 Read by MaryAnn
The Capture of Philadelphia 30:25 Read by Chris Caron
The Settler's Hut 32:40 Read by TriciaG
Saratoga 33:25 Read by Chris Caron
Rescued! 31:46 Read by Chris Caron
The Island Refuge 29:04 Read by Chris Caron
The Great Storm 22:28 Read by Anna Simon
The Scout's Story 29:39 Read by Chris Caron
The Siege of Savannah 27:57 Read by MaryAnn
In an American Prison 32:03 Read by TriciaG
The War in South Carolina 32:12 Read by TriciaG
The End of the Struggle 10:39 Read by Abigail Bartels



(4 stars)

The most historical book I ever read. The book which may of captured interest and pride of the English, as written, it is impossible to believe that the English could have possibly lost the war. The witlessness of American command and should have created a situation where the English army promptly crushed the American rebellion. The American losses in men and military equipment, as per the text, should have rendered the rebellion totally hopeless. The American fighters seemed always fleeing from the battle and many times in a wild confused way that the collected large stockpiles of cannon, shot, and gunpowder. A flagrant prejudiced depiction of the War of Independence.

Not Henty’s Best

(2.5 stars)

As a thoroughly biased American patriot, I consider this the worst of Henty’s books. It seemed forced, didn’t have as good of a story as is normal with his books, and he tried to force his point (that the colonials were wrong to resist unlawful tyranny) a little too hard to the point of being overly blunt.

i loved it thank you for thinking of it

(5 stars)

i think it is a good bit of fighting for a amazing story but I still think it's great!

(5 stars)

GREAT book by Henty. the story is brought to life

(5 stars)

This is very interesting story about the history of America.


(3 stars)

I realize that Henty's books were historical novels, but his reputation as a historian suffers greatly with this work. Certainly, his assertion that British troops won virtually every pitched is true, but he adroitly sidesteps the fact that not one, but TWO British armies surrendered in the field, a happening fairly unprecedented in the military annals of Britain. We learned in Vietnam what Britain learned in America--a majority of the people in a foreign land cannot be subjugated by anything less than total (and perpetual) military occupation, a crushing expense not to be assumed. Henty should have read the writings of John Adams when he asserted that by the time war started the majority of the colonials were American, not British. Henty also alludes to instances of colonial mistreatment of prisoners, but he conveniently fails to even mention Britains use of prison ships wherein deaths of hundreds and even thousands of colonial troops reached proportions approaching fifty percent.