Ben grew up wanting to be a soldier.
Too young for the Revolution, he joined the army in 1808 and was a captain when the War of 1812 began. He was a soldier’s soldier; known for leading from the front. His hit-and-run strategy gave the British fits around Quebec. Then, in 1814, his luck ran out, and he was killed in battle when attacking a superior force.
You might not know Ben, but you know his last name: Forsyth. The county is named for him. Bit of trivia: His home was just over the line in Stokes County!