Obit of the Day (Historical): Annie Oakley (1926)
Annie Oakley, America’s most famous sharpshooter, died on this date eighty-five years ago at the age of 66. Rather than go into her amanzing, nearly mythical life I present this letter Ms. Oakley wrote to President William McKinley just weeks before the beginning of the Spanish-American War:
Hon. Wm. McKinley President,
Dear Sir I for one feel confident that your good judgment will carry America safely through without war.
But in case of such an event I am ready to place a company of fifty lady sharpshooters at your disposal. Every one of them will be an American and as they will furnish their own arms and ammunition will be little if any expense to the government.
Very truly Annie Oakley
It never happened. But if only it had. And according to the National Archives she made the same offer to President Woodrow Wilson at the beginning of World War I. (Someone write this novel or film. Please.)
(Image courtesy of The National Archives, #300369, who also have a few tumblrs: aotus.tumblr.com, todaysdocument.tumblr.com, ourpresidents.tumblr.com, usnatarchivesexhibits.tumblr.com, and congressarchives.tumblr.com. Collect them all!)
Important note: Annie Get Your Gun is horribly inaccurate from an historical perspective, just buy “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” on MP3 and never watch the film or see the musical again. Thank you.