Rifles for Watie - Chapter 4, Captain Asa Clardy Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 4, Captain Asa Clardy Summary

Jeff meets Captain Asa Clardy for the first time while his new company is assembled on the drill field. Jeff dislikes the man immediately. Captain Clardy's first order to his company is to "Fix bayonets!" Jeff and the new volunteers never move, at which time the Captain steps in front of Jeff, asking him if he heard the order. Jeff replies that his bayonet is not broken and all members of the company roar with laughter. This angers the Captain and the Captain asks Jeff's name. Jefferson Davis Bussey is Jeff's full name, and upon hearing this, the Captain becomes even more incensed as the company laughs again. Captain Clardy demands Jeff change his name, for Jefferson Davis is the name of the president of the enemy confederacy. Jeff refuses the Captain's demand, and receives a punishment...

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