Project Description


The Bushwhacker

A Civil War Adventure

by Jennifer Johnson Garrity
illustrated by Paul Bachem

During the Civil War, fourteen-year-old Jacob Knight returns from the cornfield one day to find bushwhackers―Confederate sympathizers in the Union state of Missouri―terrorizing his family.

At the insistence of his mother, Jacob and his seven-year-old sister, Eliza, flee the house for safety. When the two young people dare to return home the following morning, their family is nowhere to be found, and their home is burnt to the ground. Not knowing what else to do, Jacob and Eliza take their one remaining horse and journey north to their aunt’s home in Iowa, hoping to find their missing family members there.

Jennifer Johnson Garrity brings the American Civil War era to life in this story about family, trust, and courage during a time of great uncertainty.

Format: Paperback
Price: $8.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-201-9
Publication Date: 10/1/1999
Page Count: 196
Size: 6 ̎ x 9 ̎
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-712-0
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 5.5
F&P: GRL V, Gr 5, Genre HF
Themes: Civil War, Empathy, Forgiveness
BISAC 1: JUV016200 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
BISAC 2: JUV001010 JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
BISAC 3: JUV039220 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Values & Virtues


“This gripping, fast-paced story is a masterful recreation of a time of divided loyalties and conflict…. Jacob’s struggle with his own emotions and his ultimate realization that violence begets more violence is both realistic and believable and one that readers will have no difficulty understanding.” ―School Library Journal

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Meet the Author

Jennifer Johnson Garrity‘s interest in Missouri’s difficult position during the Civil War began as a result of conducting extensive research into her family history. This research inspired The Bushwhacker. She lives in Pennsylvania.

Meet the Illustrator

Paul Bachem has worked for many years as an award-winning freelance illustrator, producing work for most of the major book and magazine publishers. He lives in New York. You can visit his website here.