Deadly Aim

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

About the Book

Daniel Mwak­en­we­nah signed peti­tions that sought fair treat­ment from the U.S. Gov­ern­ment, plus a treaty intend­ed to uphold agree­ments made with Wash­ing­ton offi­cials. As a young boy, Joseph Wauka­zoo walked alone, through miles of for­est, to col­lect the mail for his father. Payson Wolf fished, hunt­ed, and farmed to help his father-in-law (a min­is­ter), while also pro­vid­ing for his own grow­ing fam­i­ly. They and oth­er Odawa, Ojib­we, and Pot­tawato­mi men left their every­day lives to enlist­ed in the First Michi­gan Sharp­shoot­ers. They became the tight­ly-knit unit known as Com­pa­ny K. Mem­bers of the com­pa­ny faced racism, bat­tle, ill­ness, impris­on­ment, and even a great steam­boat dis­as­ter. This is the sto­ry of how a group of men became Ogitchedaw and hon­or­ably served the Unit­ed States. And how their coun­try repaid them.


Also of inter­est about Com­pa­ny K: Scott Schwan­der, a descen­dent of Mar­cus Otto, has cre­at­ed a YouTube video that hon­ors many Com­pa­ny K sol­diers, “1st Michi­gan Sharp­shoot­ers Co K Native Amer­i­can Veterans.”


 “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.” (Book­list, starred review)

“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.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Walk­er has tak­en a tough sto­ry to tell—and paint­ed it with grace, dig­ni­ty, and respect for all involved. She put flesh and blood to names that had been buried in history—and brought those names to life mag­nif­i­cent­ly. She objec­tive­ly presents a sto­ry through facts, fig­ures, and events/actions that will cre­ate deep emo­tion­al impres­sions upon read­ers. This is a mag­nif­i­cent book, one that adds an incred­i­bly impor­tant lay­er to the his­to­ry of this con­flict.” (Jef­frey Copeland, Uni­ver­si­ty of North­ern Iowa)

Deadly Aim

writ­ten by Sal­ly M. Walk­er
Hen­ry Holt, Jul 2019
hard­cov­er: 978–1250125255
304 pages, ages 10 and up

Square Fish, Jul 2022
paper­back: 978–1250833228

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