Rifles for Watie Author:Harold Keith A Newberry Medal Winner. Historian and author Harold Keith packs this well-researched novel with fascinating details and breath-taking action. Named an ALA Notable Children's book and won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.
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.