G. A. Henty

G. A. Henty, author of numerous historic fiction tales for young boys, is one of my favorite authors. You can find free and not-free versions of his books in many places.

From Wikipedia:

His children's novels typically revolved around a boy or young man living in troubled times. These ranged from the Punic War to more recent conflicts such as the Napoleonic Wars or the American Civil War. Henty's heroes – which occasionally included young ladies – are uniformly intelligent, courageous, honest and resourceful with plenty of 'pluck' yet are also modest. These virtues have made Henty's novels popular today among many Christians and homeschoolers.

This is the kind of book I couldn't get enough of when I was young.