Deadly Aim: The Civil War Story of Michigan's Anishinaabe Sharpshooters

Deadly Aim: The Civil War Story of Michigan's Anishinaabe Sharpshooters

Deadly Aim: The Civil War Story of Michigan's Anishinaabe Sharpshooters

Deadly Aim: The Civil War Story of Michigan's Anishinaabe Sharpshooters


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"Hits the mark."—Kirkus

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250833228
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 07/26/2022
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Sally M. Walker is the author of Champion, a JLG selection and one of NCTE's 2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Books. She is also the author of ALA Notable Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917, the acclaimed picture book Winnie, and Secrets of a Civil War Submarine, which was awarded a Sibert Medal. She lives in Illinois.

Table of Contents

Foreword VIII

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

Epilogue 227

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

Glossary 253

Select Bibliography 255

Source Notes 260

Index 281

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