Mistress of the Forge Author:David Taylor Philadelphia, in 1798, was torn with strife. There was bitter dissension in the government; diehard Tories were reported plotting a revolt; and during the turmoil precipitated by the Alien and Sedition Acts, many reputable Philadelphians found themselves in debtors' prison. To escape such a fate, young Richard Braxton undertakes a dangerous mi... more »ssion to the Luken Furnace in northern Pennsylvania, partly to investigate rumors of a Tory uprising in the area.
There he meets the beautiful red-haired "mistress of the forge," with a temper to match her hair, who suspects Richard of implication in the murder of her parents. Later, however, they find that their common enemies are also the enemies of the country, and they join in a thrilling and increasingly dangerous struggle against them. The excitement reaches its peak in a pitched battle between the resurgent Tories and the newly-formed Federal militia, led by Alexander Hamilton.« less