Ben Bryan Morgan Rifleman Author:John Brick Below the gray walls of Quebec, Ben Bryan lounged at the window of the old stone blacksmith's shop, waiting for pot shots at the unwary British. Ben Bryan was seventeen, younger than most of the men in Matthew Smith's rifle company, but he was a sergeant. He had been promoted by Captain Daniel Morgan himself during the long march up from Bosto... more »n through the terrible Kennebec wilderness. His was one of the many deadly rifles that hemmed in the defenders of Quebec.
A daring, two-pronged attack on Quebec would be launched under cover of a storm, with General Montgomery and his large force making the big smash while Colonel Benedict Arnold and his crew would hit the defenders from behind.
So it was planned, but the plans went wrong, the assault failed, and Ben Bryan was taken prisoner. His cleverness and courage led to escape and a long, exciting hide-and-seek trek through the northern wilderness, with Ben struggling not only to save himself but to rescue the girl Julia Conrad.
The first part of the story is founded on fact. The assault on the city of Quebec and the scenes in the British prison are based upon journals kept by the participants. The second part - Ben Bryan's run for freedom - is a fictional narrative. All the characters, except Ben Bryan and the Conrads, are actual historical figures, including the personnel of the rifle companies.« less