A War that Split Families
My Brother Sam is Dead opens in the spring of 1775, when Sam Meeker comes home from college and tells his shocked parents that he will be joining the blue-clad Patriots in their battle against the British occupational force. His parents, as one might imagine, don't want him anywhere near a battle line, but his younger brother, Tim, believes his brother has become a hero.
The only problem is that Sam has to have his own gun to join with the rebel forces. He wants to steal his father's gun, but he gets into a loud argument with his father about the war and ends up running away. Tim finds him the next day and tries to get Sam to stay home from the war, but Sam refuses. Later, Sam's girlfriend Betsy asks Tim whether he supports the Patriot cause or the British government, like his father.
Sam leaves, but later returns, but at a terrible time -- Patriots have entered the Meeker home and demanded Sam's dad's gun, but it is with Sam. The parents become hostages but are later released.