One Real American

The Life of Ely S. Parker, Seneca Sachem and Civil War General


The life of Seneca (Iroquois) and Civil War officer Ely S. Parker is brought to life by children’s book icon Joseph Bruchac


ISBN: 9781419746574 Category:

Joseph Bruchac


Ely S. Parker (1828–1895) is one of the most unique, but littleknown figures in US history. A member of the Seneca, an Iroquois nation, Parker was an attorney, engineer, and tribal diplomat. Raised on a reservation but schooled at a Catholic institution, he learned English at a young age and became an interpreter for his people. During the American Civil War, he was commissioned as a lieutenant colonel and was the primary draftsman of the terms of the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. He eventually became President Grant’s Commissioner of Indian Affairs, the first Native American to hold that post. Awardwinning children’s book author and Native American scholar Joseph Bruchac provides an expertly researched, intimate look at a man who achieved great success in two worlds yet was caught between them. Includes archival photos, maps, endnotes, bibliography, and timeline.

Additional information

Weight 368 g
Dimensions 14.8 x 21 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 December 2020
Number of pages 248
Format Hardback
Dimensions 14.8 x 21 cm
Weight 368 g
Joseph Bruchac is an acclaimed Abenaki children’s book author whose numerous awards include a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and Honor, the Hope S. Dean Award from the Foundation for Children’s Literature for Notable Achievement in Children’s Books, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas.