During the Revolutionary War my family was Tory.  We remained loyal to England.  Mostly.  We did very little real fighting though.  We were merchants after all.  And we were not named Hurst.  The elements of my family that survived in Normandy, also not Hurst, had a different agenda.  To them, the war in the Colonies was one more chance for France to weaken England.  They took it.  That was one of the more interesting times in my family’s history.