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by Harold Keith

eBook Rifles for Watie epub
  • ISBN: 006447030X
  • Author: Harold Keith
  • Genre: Teens
  • Subcategory: Historical Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1st Harper Trophy Ed edition (September 25, 1987)
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • ePUB size: 1141 kb
  • FB2 size 1923 kb
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Rifles for Watie was faithfully written against the historical backdrop of the conflict in this seldom-publicized, Far-Western theater. The plot is wholly fictional. I know of no attempt by General Watie to secure repeating rifles

Rifles for Watie was faithfully written against the historical backdrop of the conflict in this seldom-publicized, Far-Western theater. I know of no attempt by General Watie to secure repeating rifles. I found it necessary to alter the lives of Generals Watie and James G. Blunt, Colonel William Penn Adair, and Major Elias Cornelius Boudinot only when they came into direct contact with my hero, Jeff Bussey. Noah Babbitt was a real-life itinerant printer and pedestrian of the early 1870’s who occasionally wandered through Kansas, setting type for the Wichita Eagle.

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. To get that info out-to tell the whole tale of the Missouri/Oklahoma theater of war-Keith uses an interesting literary tactic. He tells the tale through the eyes of Jeff Bussey, a cornpone eating teenage Kansas Pioneer who joins up for the Union.

Rifles for Watie book. 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.

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.

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

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.

Rolling over, he saw a rough black shoe covered with gray Missouri mud. Slowly his eyes traveled upward

Rolling over, he saw a rough black shoe covered with gray Missouri mud. Slowly his eyes traveled upward e pants was a faded blue blouse. The man wearing the shoe, the pants, and the blouse was holding his musket in both hands. He was obviously a sentry. Jeff recognized Ben Gerdeon, a Franklin boy in his own outfit. Behind him, Jimmy had thrown off the canvas coverlet and was staring sleepily about him. We’re marchin’ in thirty minutes, Ben told Jimmy

A Harper Keypoint book. Originally published: 1957.

A Harper Keypoint book. The story of Jeff Bussey, a farm boy living in 1861, who joins the Union army and goes on an important mission to discover how Stand Watie and his Confederate Cherokee Rebels are receiving repeating rifles from northern manufacturers.

Rifles for Watie is a children's novel by American writer Harold Keith. It was first published in 1957, and received the Newbery Medal the following year

Rifles for Watie is a children's novel by American writer Harold Keith. It was first published in 1957, 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. Actual historical personages (. Generals Stand Watie and James G. Blunt) and battles (.

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. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: HarperTeenReleased: May 19, 2015ISBN: 9780062419675Format: book. 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

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).

Comments: (7)
Sirara
A boy becomes a man, in four long years.
He learns that the issues that divide us are
never as clearly defined as we might wish.
Fighting and dying can mean everything,
and nothing. Loyalty and love bring joy and pain.
It's what we all do, as we grow, everywhere we are. And that is the real beauty of this tale.
Action, drama, comedy, battle, saints and sinners... It's all here, well told. You can't help but care about them all. Yankees and Rebels.
Natives and Settlers. Blacks and Whites.
You hate to see either side lose.
We could use some of that now.
To have it served up in a fine story
of adventure and danger, love and intrigue,
is icing on a mighty fine cake. Enjoy!
Rivik
A somewhat slow start that might deter some younger readers, but once the central character experiences battle for the first time the pace of the narrative is admirably managed and there are moments of real tension and suspense. This novel does not glorify military action in any way, nor does it laud one side over the other in its depiction of a complex political episode in American history. While the presentation of the African American characters, both in appearance and dialogue, is very much of its time, that of the Native Americans is entirely convincing.

Altogether, this seems to be a worthwhile, thought-provoking read for those in their early teenage years.
Steel balls
Things are not as black and white as Jeff thought and this causes him to struggle as he joins the Union Army in the Civil War. The book is well written and captivates as it teaches the war wasn't about slavery for many. It presents a balanced view from sides of the war many never learn about. This tale makes me wish the story has continued in another book set in the reconstruction period following the war. An enjoyable read for all ages.
Nidora
Rifles for Watie is a book about the Civil War that is written for school age readers. Despite the intended audience, this book is every bit as interesting for an adult reader.

The author, Harold Keith interviewed, many Civil War veterans living in Oklahoma and found that he had enough information to write a historical novel. As a result, his battle stories pack in the absurd incidents of war intermixed with its horror. In one case, a new recruit rides into battle wearing his wedding suit-he'd joined right after his marriage. The groom is killed in the suit in that same battle.

Oklahoma (then called Indian Territory) and Missouri was packed with adherents of both sides of the war. Consequently the war is very cruel and personal. Keith takes this fact in full. The reader very much gets the cruelty of the war in the descriptive passages.

In researching the book, Keith was able to meet with veterans of both sides. To get that info out-to tell the whole tale of the Missouri/Oklahoma theater of war-Keith uses an interesting literary tactic. He tells the tale through the eyes of Jeff Bussey, a cornpone eating teenage Kansas Pioneer who joins up for the Union. Bussey then becomes a spy, serving in the Confederate Army with the purpose of keeping an eye out for a shipment of rifles for Confederate General Stand Watie and his men.
Kardana
I was in grade school when our teacher read this wonderful work of art to us. Being a young man raised in Southwestern Arkansas in the 1950`s I was taken by this story of the War of Northern Aggression in the area that I lived. I was destined to walk those battlegrounds and think of this story most of my life. I forgot the romance of war during a tour in Viet Nam but I never forgot this wonderful book. This story was a driving force in my life that guided me to Duty, Honor, and Country.
Fearlesshunter
I ordered this book, "Rifles for Waite," because I am somewhat of a Civil War in Oklahoma buff and remember reading this book back in Junior High School in the 1960s in an Oklahoma History class. Since I could not remember the details of the book I decided to read it again as an adult. The book is covered in a hard, glossy cardboard cover with updated artwork. It is the perfect size to carry on an airplane, which I did as soon as I received it. It is easy reading and has an interesting fictional storyline, based on actual testimony of living Civil War veterans personally interviewed by the author (a former University of Oklahoma History Professor) back in the early 20th Century. The description of life on the Kansas-Missouri border, as well as facts about the Five Civilized Tribes in Oklahoma (and their connection with the War of Northern Agression) was of particular interest to me. "Rifles for Waite" reads similarly to "The Red Badge of Courage." another school time book club read. Every school age child should read this book, and I highly recommend it for adults as well.
Xar
I remember reading this when I was a youngster many years ago, but reading it again after all this time it's like reading it for the first time.
One thing about the Kindle version... I've read about 16% of it and it has a number of typographical errors. Some of the other Kindle books I've read have had a few, but Rifles For Waite seems to have a considerably higher number than any of the others. Seems that Kindle books need to have better proof reading.
In 1958 I had a librarian give me this book to read. I used to walk up to the public high school from my elementary school. There I could find adventures of all kinds to take home to our farm house. There I would crouch next to the window in my bedroom until I couldn't read the pages anymore. This was one of the books I couldn't put down. Later as a teenager I bought the book for myself.
Now at 72, I buy it about the 4th This time for another grandson.
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