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Rifles for Watie

Sparrow, the camp chef, is murdered by Captain Clardy, Jeff's antagonist in the story. Clardy is a cruel, sadistic bully, so his killing of Sparrow should come as no surprise. Sparrow had known...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2018 1:32 pm UTC

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Sparrow, the camp cook, knows that Captain Clardy is a murderer who once beat a woman to death. But as Clardy's such a dangerous killer, Sparrow's reluctant to let anyone in on his little secret....

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019 5:50 am UTC

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I think Clardy is grumpy about Jeff partly because he is just something of a jerk. It seems that he hates anyone who seems like they're going to think or do anything like that. But I think it's...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2010 12:44 am UTC

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In the short novel Rifles for Watie, Jeff lives in a rebel camp as an undercover Union officer for over a year. He spends a total of 4 years in service in the Civil War, from 1861 to 1865,...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2019 8:30 pm UTC

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Wartime is full of opportunities for courage and initiative. Even though soldiers follow orders, they have to make constant decisions in the battlefield. War is full of long periods of waiting...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2011 11:28 pm UTC

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He pretty much has to go with them. At the time that they head south, Jeff is still not really well enough to go back to the army or to try to escape back to the Union army as he will later do....

Latest answer posted April 19, 2010 9:55 pm UTC

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In 1864, Jeff Bussey, the main character in Harold Keith's Civil War novel Rifles for Watie, is a Union scout secretly embedded with General Stand Watie's Confederate cavalry. On September 19 of...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2020 5:46 pm UTC

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Edith Bussey is the mother of the main character in Rifles for Watie, Jeff. She is from Kentucky, but has come to live in Kansas, where her husband Emory has bought a farm. Edith, who is used to...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2010 6:43 am UTC

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The "large Bible bound in blue leather" is proudly engraved with the name "Levi Washbourne" in silver letters. Levi Washburn is the patriarch of the Washbourne family, Confederate sympathizers...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2009 1:22 pm UTC

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Although John Chadwick decides at the spur of the moment to enlist with Jeff at Leavenworth, he has thought about joining for awhile. He knows he has brothers who can help on the farm in his...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2007 3:40 pm UTC

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Prior to the Civil War (the time period of Rifles for Watie), there was frequent conflict between Kansas (where Jeff is from) and Missouri. In 1821, Missouri was admitted to the United States as a...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2016 6:21 pm UTC

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Lucy Washbourne, who describes herself as "a rebel—to the backbone." A year younger than Jeff, she matches him in independence, courage, honor, loyalty, and even naivety. From their first meeting,...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2007 12:13 pm UTC

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I did a little searching and found a review of thebook The Cherokee Nation in the Civil War by Clarissa W. Confer (in the Journal of Southern History, Nov. 1, 2008). She notes that many Cherokee...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2009 10:38 pm UTC

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Clardy does not shoot Lee Washbourne, although he does order his execution, in an act which only begins to expose the depth of his cruelty and unscrupulousness. The event of the Yankees and Rebels...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2007 3:24 am UTC

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There is only one way to get malaria. Malaria is a disease that is only transmitted to people by mosquitoes of a certain type. Those mosquitoes can carry the germs that cause malaria. Jeff and...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2010 4:20 am UTC

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At the end of the Battle of Prairie Grove in Chapter 12, Jeff and Noah, who had filled in bravely manning the cannon, are approached by the liertenant in charge of artillery. The lieutenant, "his...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2007 12:14 am UTC

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Harold Keith grew up near the Cherokee country he describes in Rifles for Watie. While in college he wrote for the sports column of his school paper, and he was an athlete himself, giving him...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2007 8:24 pm UTC

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John Chadwick is a big young man, with "black hair awry" and "china blue eyes". He is eighteen, and anxious to be independent and see the world.David Gardner is sixteen,...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2007 5:57 am UTC

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I believe that the majority of slaveowners would have kept their slaves until some other development forced a change. The South was almost completely dependent economically on slave labor and would...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2009 6:18 am UTC

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Watie's men did not fit Jeff's idea of what the enemy must be like. Jeff found the men to be genuine and reliable, "the most light-hearted troops he had ever seen" (Chapter 20). Jeff...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2007 4:02 am UTC

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Sure she has a crush on Jeff. However, I must say that I do not know exactly at what point she starts to feel that way. I do not think that she starts to like him as soon as they meet. She acts...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010 5:06 am UTC

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The Missouri bushwhackers are a ruthless gang of Southern partisans who stage regular raids on Union forces. They have a fearsome reputation for violence, which they carry out indiscriminately...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2019 10:14 am UTC

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To me, this is something of an opinion question. I think that there are two characters who might fit the bill. First, I think that you can say that Captain Clardy is the main secondary character....

Latest answer posted April 22, 2010 5:16 am UTC

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When Jeff Bussey first sees General Stand Watie, he is really pretty disappointed in what he sees. The General just does not live up to his expectation of what he ought to look like. What Jeff has...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2010 1:12 pm UTC

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Sully is a dog. More specifically, he is a bloodhound. He is supposed to be the best tracking dog around. In Chapter 25, Jeff Bussey has decided he has to run away from the rebel army because he...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2010 2:14 pm UTC

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What you are talking about happens way at the end of the book. The war is over and everyone is going home. Jeff Bussey is with David Gardner and some others heading for their homes. They get to...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2010 2:09 pm UTC

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