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Harold Keith
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Jefferson Davis Bussey

Jefferson Davis Bussey is the main character in this historically vivid coming-of-age novel. Jeff begins his journey against the backdrop of the Civil War, when he starts out in 1861 as an invincible, anxious, courageous, and loyal 16-year-old boy, who evolves into a more self-controlled, wise, and patient man. Jeff witnesses and learns so much during his 4 years in the army that once the war is over, he feels as if, instead, 15 years has passed.

Jeff, already possessing the inherently good qualities of character, such as consideration of his fellow man, a respect and love of animals, loyalty, individuality of thought, and proven leadership skills, hones these skills throughout the war. On the other hand, Jeff's teenage feelings of invincibility, anxiety, and vengeance are tamed as he witnesses the destructive nature of war upon loved ones and the great country for which he fights.

Jeff proves to...

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