Review: RIFLES FOR WATIE by Harold Keith

The War Movie Buff read and reviewed Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011.  Here’s an excerpt:

It won the Newberry Award in 1957 and is a famous young adult novel.  Keith interviewed veterans to add to the authenticity of the story.  He sets the novel west of the Mississippi in Kansas and Oklahoma.  Keith deserves credit for bringing some exposure to this forgotten theater.

Read the full review.

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Another Review of MARCH by Geraldine Brooks

Some participants do not have blogs of their own, but we like to give them an opportunity to express their opinions about the books they read for the reading challenges.

Reva read March by Geraldine Brooks for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011.  Here is her review:

GB fills in the blanks left by “Little Women” as she creates the story of their father who goes off to serve as chaplin for the soldiers as they suffer losses at Ball’s Bluff and enter makeshift hospitals that have little to offer, except amputation.

One chapter I especially enjoyed featured a group of ex-slaves who have followed the army of Yanks in hopes of freedom, but with no plan or destination ahead. March, another officer and the negroes attempt to farm cotton on leased land between battles with the horrors of Confederate raiding parties, disease and lack of experience or know-how. If I had to describe “March” in three works, I would offer: action, tragedy and renewal.

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