Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith

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What are John Chadwick's and David Gardner's motivation to enlist in the army with Jeff Bussy?

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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 place, he had planned to join up at Sugar Mound, and he has tried to get his father's permission for six weeks. He says, "I'm eighteen year old and...

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John Chadwick and David Gradner's mothers do not approve of their leaving. Although, Big John does have a "good" excuse for leaving (he has two brothers)David Gardner doesn't have the best idea of why he's going. He just wants to get away from the house. But both Dave and John's main motivation is to join the army to feel the energy of battles, the crisp clicking sound of a bayonet attached to a rifle, and mainly experiencing the life as a young teenager in the Union Army. Harold Keith protrays a very describtive, correct time period image of the boys' rough and tumble journey through the Union Army.
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