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Letter to President William McKinley from Annie Oakley in which she offers the services of a company of fifty lady American sharpshooters who would provide their own arms and ammunition, to the government should war break out with Spain., 04/05/1898 - 04/05/1898

Item from Records of the Adjutant General’s Office. (03/04/1907 - 09/18/1947)

Don’t forget–the National Archives’ new exhibition “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures” opens March 21, 2014.


August 13, 1860:  Sharpshooter Annie Oakley Born

On this day in 1860, American exhibition shooter Annie Oakley was born in Ohio.  Annie’s impeccable aim captured the attention of major figures worldwide, such as Queen Victoria of England and King Umberto I of Italy, for whom she performed while in Europe.

One of Annie’s most famous tricks was splitting a playing card with a .22 caliber rifle, edge-on, and putting several more holes in it before it could touch the ground at 90 feet away.

Learn about Annie Oakley’s lifelong adventures and travels with this timeline courtesy of American Experience.