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Rifles for Watie
Rifles for Watie
Author: Harold Keith
Jeff Bussey walked briskly up the rutted wagon road toward Fort Leavenworth on his way to join the Union volunteers. It was 1861 in Linn County, Kansas, and Jeff was elated at the prospect of fighting for the North at last. — In the Indian country south of Kansas there was dread in the air; and the name, Stand Watie, was on every tongue. A hero t...  more
ISBN-13: 9780694056132
ISBN-10: 0694056138
Publication Date: 6/1987
Reading Level: Young Adult
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Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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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.
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Jeff Bussey is probably the only soldier to fight the Civil War from both sides-and understand each. Jeff Bussey is sixteen when the Civil War begins. He can't wait to leave his Kansas farm and defend the Union cause against the dread Stand Watie, Indian leader of the rebels. As an infantry soldier, Jeff must march for miles, exhausted and near starvation. He must watch friends die in battle and know that eery step he takes may be his last. Then he is sent to spy behind enemy lines. If he's caught, he'll be shot. But the worst danger of all is his discovery that the revels-even Watie-are men he can like and admire. On top of that, Jeff falls in love with a rebel girl. The only thing that divides them is their cause. Jeff mus choose: Escape the enemy or join it.
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Jeff Bussey walked briskly up the rutted wagon road toward Fort Leavenworth on his way to join the Union volunteers. It was 1861 in Linn County, Kansas, and Jeff was elated at the prospect of fighting for the North at last.

In the Indian country south of Kansas there was dread in the air; and the name, Stand Watie, was on every tongue. A hero to the rebel, a devil to the Union man, Stand Watie led the Cherokee Indian Na-tion fearlessly and successfully on savage raids behind the Union lines. Jeff came to know the Watie men only too well.

He was probably the only soldier in the West to see the Civil War from both sides and live to tell about it. Amid the roar of cannon and the swish of flying grape, Jeff learned what it meant to fight in battle. He learned how it felt never to have enough to eat, to forage for his food or starve. He saw the green fields of Kansas and Okla-homa laid waste by Watie's raiding parties, homes gutted, precious corn deliberately uprooted. He marched endlessly across parched, hot land, through mud and slash-ing rain, always hungry, always dirty and dog-tired.


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