Rifles for Watie Author:Harold Keith Behind enemy lines Jefferson Davis Bussey is sixteen when the Civil War breaks out. He can't wait to leave his Kansas farm and defend the Union against Colonel Watie, leader of the dreaded Cherokee Indian rebels. But Jeff soon learns that there's more to war than honor and glory. As an infntry soldier he must march for miles,exhausted and near... more » starvation. He sees his friends die in battle. He knows that each move he makes could be his last. Then Jeff is sent to inflitrate the enemy camp as a spy. And it is there that he makes his most important discovery: the rebels are just men-and boys-like him. The only difference between them is their cause. Passing himself off as a rebel, Jeff waits for the information he needs to help the Union conquer the enemt forces. But when the time comes,, Jeff finds himself up against a very difficult decision. should he betray the enemy? Or join them?« less
This is one of my favorite books, and it has been ever since I first read it, probably over 20 years ago. Jeff's journey as a soldier during the Civil War seems somewhat improbable, insofar as to have all of those things happen to one man is improbable. However, as I understand it, the author interviewed a number of Civil War veterans and combined many of their experiences into the life of a single protagonist.
It's a wonderful story and a wonderful view into the lives of the average soldiers during America's Civil War.