The Insolent Enemy
A tale, mostly true, about the exploits of Captain Benjamin Forsyth. A true North Carolina hero, Forsyth and the men of the 1st U.S. Regiment of Rifles are sent to the northern New York border to 'chastise the insolent enemy'. There, they raid into Canada gaining notoriety for their marksmanship and cool discipline under fire. At the forefront of every battle, they become the ultimate rangers. More
The story started when I was in Clayton, New York for a two year stint. It was in this historic area, and along the beautiful St. Lawrence River, that I became interested in the War of 1812. All around were battlegrounds and markers of important sites. I thought of writing an essay but as I researched, I realized that the story of Captain Benjamin Forsyth had yet to be told. I think I have brought the tale and the man to life. I had a lot of help along the way from my wife, Maggie, who accompanied me on long excursions to small towns along the border searching for the waypoints of the raids that had taken place. We had fun and I hope the reader will have as much enjoyment from my book as we did.
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