My Brother Sam Is Dead

My Brother Sam Is Dead

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  • Sam, you're home!
  •  The real reason I came home was to take father's Brown Bess
  • What?!?
  • I haven't seen father in a while...
  • While the Meekers were enjoying a meal with some of their guests, the minister and a couple farmers, Sam comes home in a uniform. He is the son of Eliphalet and Susannah Meeks and the brother of Tim Meeks. He has just come home from his studies at Harvard, everyone is shocked.  
  • I don't feel like being a Tory anymore. 
  • While Tim and Sam are milking the family cow, Old Pru, together Sam begins to tell Tim why he really came home. He tells his younger brother that he plans on going to Boston to fight the Lobsterbacks, and to do it he is going to steal his father's most prized possession his gun, the Brown Bess. Tim urges him not to but Sam does not listen and decides to take it anyways. 
  • I know, but we will get through this
  • I miss father
  • Every year, Father takes a trip to the town of Verplanks Point to trade cattle for money to buy supplies for the tavern. This year in particular, he is forced to take Tim because Sam is off fighting the war. On the way home from the trip, Tim hasn't seen father in a while. He begins to get nervous, and has to bring the oxen home himself. 
  • When the British troops are leaving Redding, they take a trip to Captain Starr's house. They begin shooting at the men inside the house, and soon enter. Inside the house are Captain Starr, a negro slave Ned, and the other rebels who lived in Redding. The British Soldiers stabbed and beheaded Ned, and then set the house on fire.
  • Father never came home from that trip to Verplanks Point. He was taken to a British prison ship where he ended up dying. Tim realizes that he began to grow up and almost fill father's shoes after he passed. Sam comes home to see his family, and tells them that he will be in Redding for a while.
  • Tim watches as his brother is shot and killed by soldiers. He had been convicted for stealing cattle, and was sentenced to execution. Tim had tried to change General Putnam's mind about Sam's sentencing, but was not successful. 
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