Someone told me that Annie Oakley tried to volunteer for the Spanish-American War and intended to bring other women with her whom she had trained to shoot. I decided to check it out. Remember, she was the young sharpshooter who traveled with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
Born August 13, 1860 in a rural log cabin in western Ohio, she was named Phoebe Ann Moses and called “Annie” by family. Her parents had been Quakers in Pennsylvania, and Annie was the sixth of seven children. Her father died when she was only six. Her mother married again, but she was widowed again. When Annie was nine, she and a sister were put in a “poor farm.” Soon those in charge “bound her out” to a family who only wanted her for the work she could do. Once, the wife put her outdoors in freezing weather with no shoes because she fell asleep while doing the darning.
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