Deadly Aim : The Civil War Story of Michigan's Anishinaabe Sharpshooters
by Walker, Sally M.

Note to the Readerx
Muster Rollxii
Prologue: July 30, 1864--Petersburg, Virginiaxiv
Chapter 1 A Broken Country
Chapter 2 Chi Maawonidiwin (the Great Walk)
Chapter 3 Surviving a Changing World
Chapter 4 Aim for the Bull's-Eye
Chapter 5 New Ogitchedaw
Chapter 6 Rifles and Rules
Chapter 7 The Road to Battle
Chapter 8 Into the Wilderness
Chapter 9 Gallantry Unsurpassed
Chapter 10 The Continuing Fight
Chapter 11 Explosion!
Chapter 12 The Gates of Hell
Chapter 13 A mid Cry of Joy
Chapter 14 Homeward Bound
Appendix A First Michigan Sharpshooters' Anishinaabe Soldiers and Age at Enlistment
Appendix B Time Line of Company K First Michigan Sharpshooters
Appendix C Treaties
Appendix D The Eagle
Appendix E Complete Translation of Charles Allen's Letter Dated December 21
Select Bibliography255(5)
Source Notes260(21)

A narrative history of the contributions of Native American soldiers during the American Civil War complements high-engagement biographical profiles with archival photos, maps and diagrams. By the award-winning author of Champion. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

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.

*Starred Review* When the Civil War began, American Indians attempted to sign up as soldiers. The Union army rejected most until 1863, when it began recruiting them as well as African Americans. This tightly focused book follows the Anishinaabek men (Ojibwes, Odawas, and Potawatomis) who formed Company K of the First Michigan Sharpshooters. Later known for their marksmanship, courage, and effective use of camouflage, at first they endured seemingly interminable drills and assignments guarding weapons and prisoners of war. Eager to fight, Company K first saw action on May 5, 1864, at the Battle of the Wilderness, followed by the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, the Battle of the Crater, the siege of Petersburg, and the war's end. The author of the Sibert Award-winning Secrets of a Civil War Submarine (2005), Walker provides an absorbing history of Company K, from riveting battlefield narratives and vivid accounts of horrors endured at Andersonville Prison to tales of poverty due to pension benefits denied. Early on, the many backstories of individual members of Company K may seem overwhelming to readers, but this knowledge makes events in later chapters more meaningful. Students researching the role of Native Americans in the Civil War will find this a thoroughly researched, meticulously documented, and richly informative resource. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Anishinaabe soldiers with the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters aim to turn the tide of the Civil War in favor of the Union. Of the approximately 20,000 "American Indians" who served during the Civil War, Sibert winner Walker (Secrets of a Civil War Submarine, 2005) shares stories of several Company K veterans who fought for the Union. From the foundations of soldiers' prewar lives—rooted in tradition yet influenced by America's expansion—to their initial muster/shooting qualifications test and on to their first assignment guarding Confederate prisoners at Camp Douglas in Chicago, the first six chapters build anticipation for the battles that follow. When the warriors of Company K finally engage the enemy in a battle known as the Wilderness, it's a wonder how any of them escape capture let alone survive to wage other campaigns critical to ending the war. Whether enlisting to "abolish slavery or to safeguard their homeland," the Anishinaabe of Company K did so as noncitizens of the United States, volunteering to fight despite broken treaties and active attempts to eliminate Native people s. Meticulous research and inclusion of historical photographs, maps, letters, and other Civil War-era documents, as well as the smooth integration of primary source quotes, provide a solid nonfiction target worthy of shelf space. However, it's the final chapter and epilogue recounting life after the war that give a human depth to the soldiers' lives and place this work squarely in the bull's-eye. Hits the mark. (foreword, note to the reader, muster roll, prologue, author's note, appendices, glossary, select bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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