The Road to Andersonville

About This Episode


During the Civil War, a regiment of sharpshooters was being recruited to fight for the Union. Since Michigan's Native Americans were famous as skilled hunters, it was decided to recruit one company -- Company K -- from among the tribes in Michigan. Nearly 140 men volunteered for Company K in the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters regiment. Company K was sent to Virginia in 1864 and fought in some of the fiercest battles of the Civil War: The Wilderness, Spotsylvania and the Siege of Petersburg.

The Road to Andersonville documents the story of Michigan's Native Americans in the Civil War who served in Company K of the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters.