My Brother Sam is Dead Author:James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier "Sam, you stole Father's gun!" — "I have to have it. I can't fight without one." — "But we need it at home. Father needs it." — "Are you going to tell him, Tim?" — I didn't tell. But I might have if I'd known what was going to happen to Father later. — Sam Meeker was sixteen in 1775 when he ran away to fight the British. — His brother, Tim, was a few ... more »years younger.