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Rifles for Watie

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ISBN13: 9780064470308
ISBN10: 006447030x
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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.

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.

Synopsis:

"This full-length junior novel should hold a place with the best Civil War fiction for young people. The fighting takes place in the West. . . . A young farm boy joins the Union forces, becomes a scout . . . There is suspense in the telling and many a colorful character".--The Horn Book.

About the Author

Harold Keith grew up near the Cherokee country he describes in Rifles for Watie.A native Oklahoman, he was edu-cated at Northwestern State Teachers College at Alva and at the University of Oklahoma.

While traveling in eastern Oklahoma doing research on his master's thesis in history, Mr. Keith found a great deal of fresh material about the Civil War in the Indian country. Deciding he might someday write a historical novel, he interviewed twenty--two Civil War veterans then living in Oklahoma and Arkansas; much of the background of Rifles for Watiecame from the note-books he filled at that time. The actual writing of this book took five years.

Since 1930, the author has been sports publicity director at the University of Oklahoma. He is married and has a son and daughter.

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tuba head, February 17, 2009 (view all comments by tuba head)
i agree with whoever wrote hooray its a good, christain book and i liked it
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hooray..., October 1, 2006 (view all comments by hooray...)
Um what the heck are you talking about? This is a good book and its very intresting...Yes there are some historical parts to it, but come on...grow up. It has a very good plot and it is a good Christian book.
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S_Flocking, May 20, 2006 (view all comments by S_Flocking)
boring.
no other words to describe it.
Never read it, or make your kid read it unless you want to torture them.
Interesting at parts yet not worth it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064470308
Author:
Keith, Harold
Publisher:
HarperTrophy
Author:
by Harold Keith
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - History
Subject:
Civil war, 1861-1865
Subject:
U. s.
Subject:
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Fiction.
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-
Subject:
Watie, Stand
Subject:
Childrens classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
v. 14
Publication Date:
19870931
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.07x4.21x.72 in. .41 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 352 pages HarperTrophy - English 9780064470308 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "This full-length junior novel should hold a place with the best Civil War fiction for young people. The fighting takes place in the West. . . . A young farm boy joins the Union forces, becomes a scout . . . There is suspense in the telling and many a colorful character".--The Horn Book.

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