November 1, 2013
GH man documents truth
Condensed by Native Village
Michigan: A passion for justice led David Schock to Georgia. The Grand Haven man spent three years traveling through Michigan and Georgia. His goal: to tell the stories of soldiers in Company K, 1st Michigan Sharp Shooters.
Company K, 1st Michigan Sharp Shooters, was the only Native American unit in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Schock’s film, “The Road to Andersonville,” recently earned him the Michigan Historical Society 2013 Award.
Most of Schock's work ties into justice. Justice spurred him to shed light on the 15 men in Company K who became prisoners at Andersonville, the infamous Confederate prison camp in Georgia.
“These men have been overlooked,” Schock said.
Schock, 64, has taught at Central Michigan University and Hope College. He's also made films about Michigan’s Ku Klux Klan and poets. Much of his work focuses on murders and cold cases. Recently, he co-authored “Judicial Deceit” with Elizabeth Weaver, a retired Michigan Supreme Court justice.
Schock has two goals behind making The Road to Andersonville:
*He hopes Pentwater Chippewa Antoine Scott receives the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions. Scott was nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism at the Battle of the Crater on July 30, 1864.
He also hopes the body of one of the chiefs will be buried in Petoskey with his tribe. Currently, the chief's remains are in Saginaw, where the railroad ended at the time of his death. “He needs a homecoming,” Schock says.
Films such as “The Road to Andersonville” cost around $125,000 to make. The Michigan Humanities Council helped with the funding. Schock paid the rest.
“It doesn’t really matter because we do work that matters,” Schock said about his expenditure.
Schock's wife, Kathy Neville is excited that her husband's film is receiving recognition. She said the project and traveling to Georgia had an impact on Schock's life.
“All that happened is something that has stayed with him since then,” she said.
* The original Grand Haven Tribune article named Antoine Chalut as the soldier whom Schock hoped would receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions. Mr. Schock contacted Native Village with the name correction of Antoine Scott.
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