The patriot by Stephen Molstad
The story took place in the 18th century. Benjamin Martin was a veteran of the French-Indian War and a widower who raised his seven children. Gabriel, the oldest, wanted to join the American forces without his father's permission. Martin, who knew the horrifying carnage that war presented, didn’t want his son to participate, but against his father's wishes, Gabriel did join up. He returned home after two years, stumbling wounded into the family home. That night, a skirmish between the British and the patriots woke the Martins and they gave care to the wounded of both sides the next morning. British soldiers approached the house, proceeded to kill the Colonial wounded, burnt down the house and took Gabriel into custody as a spy, intending to hang him. Martin's 15-year-old son Thomas was killed while trying to free Gabriel as he was taken prisoner. Enraged Martin set about to free his son Gabriel, with the help of his two younger sons Nathan and Samuel slaughtered, in brutal fashion, the British troops who held Gabriel.
Gabriel re-joined the cause against his father's will again, stating it was his duty as a soldier so Benjamin also decided to join, leaving the rest of the children in the care of their aunt Charlotte, the sister of Martin's deceased wife. They knew that the Colonials couldn’t defeat the British and so with the help of Col. Harry Burwell Benjamin organized a militia to keep the British in the south until French Navy arrived to assist. To combat the militia Tavington had to pursue more brutal tactics to draw Martin out. So he tracked Martin's family to their refuge with Charlotte and burnt down her plantation. However, the family escaped, and were led to a safe haven by Gabriel and Martin. Gabriel got to marry Anne Howard. Soon after the marriage, returning home, Anne and her family, along with all the townspeople, were burnt alive whilst locked in the church. The orders for this came from Tavington.