An engaging middle-grade nonfiction narrative of the American Indian soldiers who bravely fought in the Civil War from Sibert Award-winning author Sally M. Walker.
More than 20,000 American Indians served in the Civil War, yet their stories have often been left out of the history books.
In Deadly Aim, Sally M. Walker explores the extraordinary lives of Michigan’s Anishinaabe sharpshooters. These brave soldiers served with honor and heroism in the line of duty, despite enduring broken treaties, loss of tribal lands, and racism.
Filled with fascinating archival photographs, maps, and diagrams, this book offers gripping firsthand accounts from the frontlines. You’ll learn about Company K, the elite band of sharpshooters, and Daniel Mwakewenah, the chief who killed more than 32 rebels in a single battle despite being gravely wounded.
Walker celebrates the lives of the soldiers whose stories have been left in the margins of history for too long with extensive research and consultation with the Repatriation Department for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, the Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center, and the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinaabe Culture and Lifeways.
About the Author
Table of Contents
Note to the Reader X
Muster Roll XII
Prologue: July 30, 1864-Petersburg, Virginia XIV
Chapter 1 A Broken Country 1
Chapter 2 Chi Maawonidiwin (the Great Walk) 13
Chapter 3 Surviving a Changing World 29
Chapter 4 Aim for the Bull's-Eye 47
Chapter 5 New Ogitchedaw 57
Chapter 6 Rifles and Rules 73
Chapter 7 The Road to Battle 91
Chapter 8 Into the Wilderness 103
Chapter 9 Gallantry Unsurpassed 119
Chapter 10 The Continuing Fight 137
Chapter 11 Explosion! 153
Chapter 12 The Gates of Hell 177
Chapter 13 A Wild Cry of Joy 197
Chapter 14 Homeward Bound 211
Author's Note 233
Appendix A First Michigan Sharpshooters' Anishinaabe Soldiers and Age at Enlistment 240
Appendix B Time Line of Company K First Michigan Sharpshooters 243
Appendix C Treaties 244
Appendix D The Eagle 248
Appendix E Complete Translation of Charles Allen's Letter Dated December 21, 1863 250
Select Bibliography 255
Source Notes 260