The Rider of the Black Horse
THE RIDER OF THE BLACK HORSE
OF THE BLACK HORSE
A story of the American Revolution
EVERETT T. TOMLINSON
Author of "The Boys of Old Monmouth," "In the Hands of the
Red Coats," "Under Colonial Colors," "Camping
on the St. Lawrence," "Ward Hill
at Weston," etc,, etc.
BOSTON AND NEW YORK
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY
The Riverside Press Cambridge
COPYRIGHT 1904 BY EVERETT T. TOMLINSON
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Published September 1904
The incidents incorporated in this story are true. Some of them have been taken out of their exact setting; but as they serve to show forth the experiences of the people in the trying days of the Revolution, the writer has taken the liberty to make use of them in this tale.
The peril of the couriers as they rode between the armies, and the part they played in the struggle, has never been fully recognized; and the writer trusts that the adventures of Robert Dorlon may serve in a degree to interest his young leaders in some of the ignored or forgotten elements that aided in winning the independence of the United States.
"The Public Papers of George Clinton, First Governor of New York," has been of great service in the preparation of this book, and the various local and early histories of the counties and towns wherein the events that have been described were related, have been freely used. Certain local historians have also freely given their assistance, and to all such the writer gives his thanks and freely acknowledges his indebtedness.
Everett T. Tomlinson.
Elizabeth, New Jersey.
chapter page I. On the Shore of the Hudson 3 II. A Puzzling Interview 15 III. An Adventure with the Cowboys 27 IV. The Thirteen 39 V. A Case of Mistaken Identity 51 VI. Into the Night 63 VII. A Defenceless Household 75 VIII. Hidden 87 IX. A Renewed Search 99 X. The Contest 111 XI. Fort Montgomery 123 XII. A New Message 135 XIII. Ashes 147 XIV. Jacob Gunning's Tavern 159 XV. Unexpected Guests 171 XVI. Robert's Whereabouts discovered 183 XVII. A Place Of Refuge 195 XVIII. A Companion On The Journey 207 XIX. In the American Camp 218 XX. At Jacob's Tavern once more 230 XXI. The Search 242 XXII. In Peril 254 XXIII. At The Fork In The Road 266 XXIV. The Disappearance of Jacob 279 XXV. The Counterfeit Money 291 XXVI. An Interrupted Meal 303 XXVII. Tar and Feathers 315 XXVIII. The Army in the North 327