Rifles for Watie

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 UnJeff 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.And, Jeff, plain spoken and honest, made friends and enemies The friends were strong men like Noah Babbitt, the itinerant printer who once walked from Topeka to Galveston to see the magnolias in bloom boys like Jimmy Lear, too young to carry a gun but old enough to give up his life at Cane Hill ugly, big eared Heifer, who made the best sourdough biscuits in the Choctaw country and beautiful Lucy Washbourne, rebel to the marrow and proud of it The enemies were men of an other breed hard bitten Captain Clardy for one, a cruel officer with hatred for Jeff in his eyes and a dark secret on his soul.This is a rich and sweeping novel rich in its panorama of history in its details so clear that the reader never doubts for a moment that he is there in its dozens of different people, each one fully realized and wholly recognizable It is a story of a lesser known part of the Civil War, the Western campaign, a part different in its issues and its problems, and fought with a different savagery Inexorably it moves to a dramat ic climax, evoking a brilliant picture of a war and the men of both sides who fought in it.
Rifles for Watie Jeff Bussey walked briskly up the rutted wagon road toward Fort Leavenworth on his way to join the Union volunteers It was in Linn County Kansas and Jeff was elated at the prospect of fighting

  • Title: Rifles for Watie
  • Author: Harold Keith
  • ISBN: 9780064470308
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rifles for Watie Harold Keith Rifles for Watie is a historical fiction book written by Harold Keith The book is about Jeff Bussey and his struggles in fighting in the war while also seeing both sides of it In the country south of Kansas there was dread in the air and the name, Stand Watie, was on every single person in the war s tongue. Rifles for Watie Rifles for Watie is a children s novel by American writer Harold Keith It was first published in , and received the Newbery Medal the following year Set during the American Civil War, the plot revolves around the fictional sixteen year old Jefferson Davis Bussey, who is caught up in the events of history. Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith Rifles for Watie is a book about a boy named Jefferson Davis Bussey Jeff goes off to war and fights for the Union after his family is attacked by bushwackers He works his way up Rifles for Watie Summary Study Guide SuperSummary Additionally, Rifles for Watie depicts the involvement of Native American tribes in the war, an aspect of the Civil War that is often erased or overlooked Through Jeff s perspective, the novel questions the efficacy of war as a method for promoting peace, and the problems with enlisting the young and innocent to Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith, Paperback Barnes Noble Rifles for Watie is superior story centered around the Civil War Jefferson Davis Bussey, the main character, is a courageous farm boy whose only dream is to support the North by joining the Union Harold Keith s descriptions of the war practically put you inside a soldier s boots. RIFLES FOR WATIE Gyanpedia RIFLES FOR WATIE HAROLD KEITH WINNER OF THE NEWBERY MEDAL AUTHOR S NOTE Few Americans know how savagely the Civil War raged or how strange and varied were its issues in Rifles for Watie Summary and Analysis like SparkNotes Rifles for Watie Summary and Analysis Buy From FreeBookNotes found sites with book summaries or analysis of Rifles for Watie If there is a Rifles for Watie SparkNotes, Shmoop guide, or Cliff Notes, you can find a link to each study guide below.

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    1. Q. Why didn’t I read this in junior high?Q. Why didn’t my teachers make it mandatory?Q. Why did I ever read anything out of a text book about the civil war?Rifles for Watie taught me more about the civil war than any junior high American History book I ever endured. If I were teaching Junior High history this would be MANDATORY. It was exciting and not biased. The author did a remarkable job of showing the good and bad sides of both the Union and Confederate Armies. The protagonist Jeff Buss [...]

    2. There are few reasons why I wanted to read this book. One, it was highly recommended to me by my sister. Two, is historical fiction (about the civil war). And three, it is based in the mid-west which is mostly ignored during the civil war, except when they mention "Bloody Kansas" for one paragraph in the textbooks. It was a bit long and it took me a while to read but it was well worth it. Hoping to prove himself and defend his home Jeff leaves to enlist as a soldier in the Union Army. He has thi [...]

    3. I recalled once reading Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith when I was a kid probably over my summer vacation. I believed I had enjoyed the experience, so I decided to have another go at it now and hope the historical novel written for teens still holds up. I am happy to report Rifles for Watie still turns my crank. The author Keith had a wonderful knack for turning descriptive phrases of the landscape, battle scenes, and soldiers' camp life. His protagonist of Jeff Bussey from Linn County, Kansas, [...]

    4. First, let me say that I get what is good about this book. It's unique. There aren't many decent children's books out there that follow a young soldier around through the entire Civil War, and the ones that do exist are all set in the eastern part of the U.S. I didn't know much about what was going on in the west during the Civil War before I read this book. Most of the scholarship or fiction I've been exposed to has all been focused on the other part of the country. For it's length, it's a very [...]

    5. A sentimental 4 stars: Rifles for Watie was one of my favorite books when I was young; I don't know how many times I checked it out of the library.I was pleasantly reminded of it (and another sentimental favorite, The Horse Soldiers) while reading David Donald's Lincoln. I can still remember specific scenes from the book like Jeff's first battle, loading a rifle, the night he spends in a rebel's house, using worthless Confederate dollars to cut out a piece of bread.Both books have joined the lis [...]

    6. It was a decent book but I felt it was more worded for beginner readers even though it was pretty long. I enjoyed the fact that it was easy to read and understand the plot of the book. This book is about Jeff Bussey's encounters in the union army during the civil war and how he learns that war isn't all fun and games. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the civil war or that time period

    7. Five stars for this Civil War historical fiction winner set in Kansas and Missouri, both states part of the western front of the war. Jefferson Davis Bussey, a Union private (despite his name), enters the war after Missouri Bushwackers torment his family in his beloved Kansas. Jeff’s story is believable, from his ignorance of military vocabulary when he joins the Federals to his falling in love with Lucy Washburne, a Rebel Cherokee young lady, as well as from countless details in between. This [...]

    8. Rifles for Watie is a book about a boy named Jefferson Davis Bussey. Jeff goes off to war and fights for the Union after his family is attacked by bushwackers. He works his way up rankings from an infantry to calvary. Soon he meets a lovely rebel girl known as Lucy Washborne. Of course, Lucy is not interested in him because he a Union soldier. Eventually, Jeff is made a scout. He finds out about the reinforcements coming to the Confederates. He also knew that the Washbournes were missing a famil [...]

    9. This was quite a bit better than I thought it would be. I wasn't enthusiastic about beginning it, but do want to read all or most of the Newberrys.One reason that I enjoyed this book so much is that most of the action takes place at or near where I grew up. And to think that the fantastic schools never mentioned this in 12 years of schooling. Unbelievable. This is a whole new aspect of the Civil War that I was completely unaware of. When I think of the field trips, the real, hands-on "history ha [...]

    10. This is a different take on a civil war novel. Longer than most novels awarded the John Newberry Medal, it recounts the tale of a young Union soldier named Jefferson Bussey. Jeff is a good character. He goes through many different situations during the war, different from most civil war books I have read.This isn't a long description of all the different battles in the war. It does mention several battles, but is based more on the characters and their stories. The writing style wasn't my favorit [...]

    11. There's a lot to like about this Civil War novel. The young protagonist, Jeff Bussey, is a likeable character, and there's a good portrayal of his experiences as a young Union recruit from Kansas, as he goes from impatience to get a taste of war to eventual disillusionment with the destruction caused by both sides; knowing fear and hardship, forming friendships with good people on the other side of the conflict, and falling in love. The angle of the Cherokee Nation's participation in the war was [...]

    12. My favorite book EVER!!!!!! i am in love with historical fiction books, especially ones set in the nineteenth century and ancient times. this was an amazing book bc i felt as if i was constantly with jeff bussey as he experienced both sides of the civil war. i also loved how he fell in love with a rebel girl when he was fighting on the union's side and was spying on the confederates. this is a must read for everyone, esp if u are civil war and/or history buff. its great for children, teens, adul [...]

    13. I’ve never read a book about a soldier in the middle of a war. Jeff Bussey is just a boy, but he decides to enlist in the Union Army during the Civil War. He longs for fighting. Time after time, he gets whisked away to other duties while the other soldiers fight. Finally, he is set up against the Southern Army and he finds it is not the glorious adventure he thought it would be. He makes an enemy of his commander and has to fight not only the Southern soldiers, but his own commander. Jeff is s [...]

    14. This was a slow start for me, but I ended up really enjoying it. I actually ended up learning a lot about the Civil War that I wasn't familiar with -- especially the role of the Cherokee and other tribes. It was pretty fascinating. Keith did a nice job of sympathetically portraying both sides of the war -- the good and the bad of each. As with many of these older books -- I find it difficult to maintain a sense of the passage of time as well as holding in my mind the various characters. Other th [...]

    15. If I was going to choose a book about the Civil War I would pick this over "Red Badge of Courage" any day (making the comparison because they are the only two Civil War novels I've read). It was interesting, had historical elements, suspense, heroics, adventure, etc-even a love story! It also dealt with some of the issues that make Red Badge of Courage so famous like sympathy for the other side and fear in the face of battle, how you deal with and so on. Plus-the main character actually has a na [...]

    16. I read this book obsessively in middle school and I'd like to revisit it as an adult to see how it holds up. I constantly think about this story all the time and I'm glad I finally remembered the title

    17. This book gave a different perspective of the Civil War than I'd ever read about before. Jeff fights on both sides and understands each. I think that's more reasonable than trying to make one side the bad guy.

    18. First, I didn't voluntarily pick this up. I had to read it for a school assignment. but, when I picked it up to read a chapter I could NOT put it down! I love it and have read it twice. I wish there was a modern Jeff for me

    19. A still timely book. A young man discovers the horrors of war and the humanity of all people (even the enemy). This book also illuminates how the Civil War was fought in the west.

    20. Rifles for Watie starts out with an author’s note that explains the historical research and interviews that Harold Keith conducted in order to make the book as realistic as possible. And that research shows in every area of this book, from the attitudes of the various people to the details of battles to the geographical locations.It’s fascinating to read a book about the Civil War that is remarkably respectful to both sides (mostly the Confederate side). Nowadays, all you tend to get is “C [...]

    21. Too few books are written to help youth grasp concepts of war and what it is like to be in battle and to endure the long periods of inaction between skirmishes. The book follows a 16 yr old and his boyhood friends as they set off to enlist to fight the Civil War between Kansas and Missouri. The story line is a rare blend of actual 1940's civil war veteran interviews, letters and diaries that reveal a very different reason for fighting. In the west, conflict centered around territorial needs and [...]

    22. Jeff Bussey is a boy living in Kansas near the beginning of the Civil War. He enthusiastically joins the Union army, ready to fight the rebels and have a big adventure. Soon he faces the bitter realities of war as he watches his fellow soldiers suffer injury and death. Crossing enemy lines, Jeff begins to realize things are more complicated than he initially imagined. He sees the humanity of the enemy and recognizes the toll the war is taking on civilian populations, but still maintaining his be [...]

    23. Jeff joins the Union Army in Kansas and fights in the Civil War for a few years. Stuff happens, of course, but that's the gist of it. This book took me forever to read. Not because it's long - it isn't, especially - but because it just didn't really hold my interest. I think I've just read too much about The Civil War. I did like reading about the Native American involvement, which is something that doesn't come up much in a lot of the narratives. But I already knew a lot about camp life and bat [...]

    24. 2.5 rating.Felt very textbook-ish in parts and even had a couple small historical errors. It wasn't that interesting. There was a lot of information and a lot of 'three months later' 'the next week' etc. and one particular sentence that was kind of ridiculous"the shape of the cook's head was not unlike that if a full-grown female calf." Apparently the author is not wise in the ways of animals because a calf is a baby cow. A full-grown calf is biologically impossible. Wasn't that good of a book. [...]

    25. I love this story set during the Civil War in the Kansas/Oklahoma territories. It is about a boy who joins the Union army and becomes a spy to the Confederate army. He learns that both sides have good people who have been swept up in the war. The story describes the war through the eyes of the Cherokee who a few decades earlier walked the Trail of Tears, and how this influences their feelings and beliefs about the various sides. Watie is a Cherokee chief who commands a regiment of Confederates, [...]

    26. The time gap between when I read the book and when I wrote this review is something like five years, so I can only remember the impression the book left me with and the highlights of the story, but the fact that the memory of the book has stayed with me this long speaks well of it. Rifles for Watie is a work of historical fiction set during the time of the Civil War. Watie, the protagonist, ends up fighting for the Union but also gets a glimpse of the war from the southern perspective as well. T [...]

    27. Newbery Medal Winner--1958There were parts of this I liked and parts I didn't like.The Good: Jeff is quick-witted and smart, which makes for some pretty funny interactions between him and Clurdy, the awful officer he has to serve under. There's also an effort to show both sides as human--young boys fighting, many of them for causes they don't understand.The Bad: While I understand that there were factions of people fighting for things other than slavery (the Native Americans, featured prominentl [...]

    28. It was a great book, so descriptive, so real, completely transported me to that time and place. The main character, Jeff-he's kind and loyal, compassionate, generous, everything you want a hero to be. And he's realistic, his youthfull naivete, his exuberance for action and adventure, his humility and respect for others, his ideals--he sounds amazing. the book doesn't glamorize or romanticize the war, in fact it's very straight-forward with the cruelties, evils and pain of war. But it does reach [...]

    29. The story line and the text of this book, truly shows how much effort in research that Harold Kieth has used. Through the story, Keith is able to shoe a human side to both the union and confederacy, and how the south is full of actual people and not just cruel slave owners. The unique choice for Jefferson Davis Bussey's name really added a beautiful aspect of both personal acceptance and acceptance of other people. This book should be read by every young adult, for anyone who can understand the [...]

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