Rifles for Watie Author:Harold Keith Jeff Bussey is sixteen when the Civil War begins. He can't wait to leave Kansa farm and defend the Union eause against the dread Stand Watie, leader of the Cherokee Indian rebels. — As an infantry soldier, Jeff must march for miles, exhausted and near starvation. He must watch friend die in battle and know that every step he takes might be his la... more »st.-« less
This is one of my favorite books, and it has been ever since I first read it, probably over 20 years ago. Jeff's journey as a soldier during the Civil War seems somewhat improbable, insofar as to have all of those things happen to one man is improbable. However, as I understand it, the author interviewed a number of Civil War veterans and combined many of their experiences into the life of a single protagonist.
It's a wonderful story and a wonderful view into the lives of the average soldiers during America's Civil War.