William Taylor Adams (1822 – 1897), pseudonym Oliver Optic, was a famous academic, author, and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Adams in whole wrote over 100 books and most of them for a boy audience. «In the Saddle» is the second novel of the «Blue and Gray — on Land». The author made and attempt to describe the situation of the region in the history of Great Rebellion progress. In the centre of these events the story follows of the Lyon family that divided into two branches of it, acception of Northern locality, or national government and Secession with the South. Novel describes in full details plantation life and manners of brothers that comes into possession of a large estate and a half a hundred slaves by the will of Kentucky member of the Lyon family. Have a nice reading.