Rifles for Watie

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Chapter 20-

Jeff was sick for 2 weeks while Hannah a Negro slave of the Jackman's took care of him. He had been sick with Malaria. The family was moving and they took Jeff with him because he was too sick to escape. Then the Pins, Indians loyal to the union, robbed the Jackmans of everything they had. They took all their horses which was bad because they couldn't travel without horses. They solved the problem by using the animals the Pins left behind because they were too old. Sophie, one of the daughters, received news that her husband had died in the Battle of Perryville.

Mr. Jackman came and told Jeff that the rebels were getting repeating rifles.

Chapter 21-

Jeff rejoined the Watie brigade because he was better. Jeff got a new horse from heifer named Flea Bite. Everyone was happy to have him back. They traveled to Boggy Depot, the rebel capital. There he met colonel Watie. Watie was old looking and Jeff didn't realize who he was when he first saw him. Boudinot whom Jeff was escorting was Watie's nephew.

Jeff eavesdropped on their conversation and found out that they bought gold and were going to buy repeating rifles with it. They were smuggling them from St. Louis.

A union officer was selling the guns to them. They already had 12 and were going to but 200 more.

Jeff began to like the Watie men. They started traveling toward Fort Gibson.

Chapter 22-

A union ship came. It was pheasant bluff. Jeff fought his first battle with the rebels as something other than a horse holder. Heifer joined him just to watch over him. They won and went aboard the ship and took all the stuff it was carrying to the union.

Later, Jeff found out that the man who was selling the repeating rifles to the rebels was none other than Asa Clardy. He sold 200 to them and was going to come back with more. Jeff was getting ready to leave and make his way to Fort Gibson.

Chapter 23-

Jeff saw Lucy. Lucy began hugging and kissing him. She thought that Jeff had switched to the confederate side. He told her the truth. They said that after the war was over they were going to get married. Lucy promised she would wait for him. He was just about to leave when he ran into Clardy. He started running because he knew that Clardy would tell Watie all about Jeff.

Chapter 24-

He traveled at night and during the day so he wouldn't be seen or caught. He traveled through water so the dogs would have a harder time finding him. He went to sleep and was awoken by a storm. He soon heard horse hooves. Several mounted men that were heavily armed road toward him. They had two dogs with them that were trying to track down Jeff. They came close to finding him but they didn't and road off. He traveled more and again the rebels came close to capturing him. He hid in the water and waited. Unfortunately, the loads in his pistol were wet and useless now. He was so hungry and was becoming incredibly weak. He went to a deserted town and stayed in a place. A wolf attacked a pig and Jeff took the meat and ate it. This built up his strength. He passed Elk Creek. He had just passed it wand was on the Texas road when he heard the bloodhounds that were searching for him. These dogs were even better than the other ones. Jeff gave up and the dog got to him. Field and the rebels didn't come for a while so Jeff fed the dog ham, bribing him to keep going. A man saw Jeff, he was union cavalry. Jeff asked to see Blunt but a new general named Colonel Wattles came. This man was really Lieutenant Orff. Orff recognized him immediately. Jeff also got to see Noah again.

Chapter 25-

June 1865- the war was over. They were going home. He had been promoted to sergeant the minute General Blunt found out he was back. They stared at Bill's aunt's house. Jeff was proud of himself. He went home and his house had a new room and a new fence. He met ring first who was extremely excited to see him. He saw his sister Mary who he had mistaken for Bess. Bess had gotten married and moved away while he was in the war. He received a letter from Lucy. In the letter, he found out that Clardy, who had been known as missing, had been found and stabbed to death. Jeff was home at last.