Rifles for Watie Summary & Study GuideJeff Bussey, the main character of Rifles for Watte, learns about the cruelty, destructiveness, and waste that war creates. Few readers realize the intensity of the Civil War battles waged west of the Mississippi River, and this novel examines the issues, weapons, and strategies involved in the western campaigns. All the characters, whether admirable or evil, are believable, and Jeff Bussey's courage, perseverance, loyalty, and consideration for others make him an inspiring role model for readers of all ages. Read more from the Study Guide. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Copyrights Rifles for Watie from BookRags. All rights reserved.
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Rifles for Waitie , by Harold Keith, is about a year-old boy, Jeff Bussey, who travels a 4-year journey from young adulthood to manhood via the conflicts of the Civil War in the Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Cherokee Nation territories. Jeff's vision of fighting in the war is one of a glorified adventure; however, he finds he is in for a rude awakening. Jeff decides to enlist in the Union army at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after two proslavery Missouri men raid his family's farm and threaten to kill his father. Jeff fights back, proving the courage in his character. Jeff recruits two neighbor boys, year-old David Gardner and year-old John Chadwick, as he travels the road to enlist.
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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. Actual historical personages e. Generals Stand Watie and James G.