Rifles for Watie

Rifles for Watie

Book - 1957
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Winner of the Newbery Medal * An ALA Notable Children's Book * Winner of the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award

A captivating and richly detailed novel about one young soldier who saw the Civil War from both sides and lived to tell the tale.

Earnest, plain-spoken sixteen-year-old Jeff Bussey has finally gotten his father's consent to join the Union volunteers. It's 1861 in Linn County, Kansas, and Jeff is eager to fight for the North before the war is over, which he's sure will be soon.

But weeks turn to months, the marches through fields and woods prove endless, hunger and exhaustion seem to take up permanent residence in Jeff's bones, and he learns what it really means to fight in battle--and to lose friends. When he finds himself among enemy troops, he'll have to put his life on the line to advance the Union cause.

Thoroughly researched and based on firsthand accounts, Rifles for Watie "should hold a place with the best Civil War fiction for young people" (The Horn Book).

Publisher: New York : Crowell, c1957.
ISBN: 9780064470308
Branch Call Number: KEITH
Characteristics: xiii, 332 p. : map.


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lots of references to 'Johnny Reb'. it's kind of one-sided to refer to the confederate soldiers as being 'confused about the war.' to them it was a conflict over states' rights. not many of them were fighting to keep slaves: they were too poor to do that. it was only after, that Lincoln made the war about freeing the slaves. He needed the Negro soldiers. A similar, contemporary dispute is over 'sanctuary cities.' The federal government doesn't want them because the feds are attempting to control illegal immigration. Some cities want to be sanctuaries. And are, to this day. But there will be no civil war over it.

Dec 04, 2017

this is a great civil war book. its one that does not show the confederates as bloodless killers but as humans involved and confused about the war. I also learned a lot about the civil war

May 21, 2017

My 11 yr. old daughter loved this book and learned a lot about the Civil War! She has been reading and looking for everything and anything she can find about the Civil War since. The characters and story of this book was so captivating to her.

Aug 02, 2016

This book was kind of slow the whole way through, but it had a lot of adventure and a great view of what the Civil War was like for the Confederates, and the Union soldiers.

Jun 05, 2013

Had to read it for school. It's slow at first, but I ended up reading ahead because it was pretty good.

May 11, 2013

kind of the opposite point of view fro. The other book The Perilous Road

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Aug 02, 2016

yellow_giraffe_402 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jun 05, 2013

blue_fox_361 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 99


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