"Hail Columbia, happy land! Hail, ye heroes, heav'n-born band,"
"Its a white man's war!"
No No No I'm not a Negro
Sign here. Wait what is that hair curling out of your cap!
"No less than Cincinnati's whites, we organized meetings, heard ringing speeches, sang "Hail Columbia" and "John Brown's body"(Fleischman 7) This scene is showing that even if Gideon was a negro he was still able to do what all of the white people do.
"Arriving I found the building all but ringed by a crowd of clamoring whites. Many had clubs . Several were drunk"(Fleischman .) This really shocked Gideon because once he was walking to go register to be part of the war, he saw white men outside saying that this war was for only white people
"The enlisting officer had just asked me to sign when he notices the hair curling out from my cap, saw for the first time that I was a Negro...I was no longer who I was. The recruiter told me to return the next morning"(Fleishcman 15-16.) This scene shows the time when Gideon went to the recruiting station and he tried to get into one of the army's but he got caught since he had hair coming out of his hat but the next day he went back to a different station and was able to get in since he changed his appearance.
"To be a Negro living in the midst of whites, unknown to them, is to be a ghost spying on the living"(Fleischman 39.) Gideon was saying that it felt strange for him since he saw other black cooks getting abused and though that he joined the southern by accident.
"The artility crew put a cannon in place and loaded it with a thirty-pound ball. At six o'clock they fired"(Fleischman 55.) This is the moment where everyone knew that it was going to be the start of the battle of bull run. This sparked many of the rest of the war events that happened with gideon and the union troops.
"We weren't far from the battle. It went quiet for a time, then struck up again louder than ever."(Fleischman 7.) This was Gideons first chance at actually participating in the war after training for years. He was very motavated in this battle, he said that he wont go back to ohio until he defeats the rebels