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Civil War in the Indian Territory Paperback – June 30, 1995
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With outstanding illustrations by Andy Thomas, this story is a tribute to those who fought and a revealing portrait of the important role they played in this era of our country's history.
A resident of Carthage, Missouri, Steve Cottrell is a descendent of a Sixth Kansas Cavalry member who served in the Indian Territory during the Civil War. A graduate of Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, Cottrell has participated in several battle reenactments including the Academy Award winning motion picture, "Glory". Active in Civil War battlefield preservation and historical monument projects and contributor of a number of Civil War relics to regional museums, Cottrell recently co-authored Civil War in the Ozarks, also by Pelican. It is now in its second printing. -- From the Publisher
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From its beginning with the bloody Battle of Wilson's Creek on August 10, 1861, to its end on June 23, 1865, the Civil War in the Indian Teritory proved to be a test of valor and endurance for both the Blue and the Gray. The author outlines the events that led to the involvement of the Indian Territory in the war, the role of the Native Americans in the conflict, and the effect this participation had on the war.
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When the war broke out, both sides wanted the Indians, the Five Civilized Tribes, led by the Cherokees, and each got around half. The Confederacy sent Brigadier General Albert Pike to recruit them, and he did a pretty good job. A strange, brilliant, man, Pike's career as a General is a minor footnote in his long life as an attorney, author, and Masonic scholar. Pike resigned in 1862, and was followed by Douglas Cooper, a more conventional, if less colorful, officer. Here we meet the very first American Indian ever to wear general's stars: Brigadier General Stand Watie, one of the two rival Chiefs of the Cherokee Nation. This was NOT a poor Indian in a wigwam, but a wealthy, slave owning, rancher who lived in a mansion. He was also a very effective leader, and fighting cavalry officer, who conducted multiple successful operations.
For all the Confederacy's problems, this was an arena where the South remained viable. General Watie did not surrender until June 23, 1865, the last Confederate general to strike his colors. This book does not pretend to be a deep, scholarly, tome. It is, however, a very well researched, and well written, overview. This IS a book that I would recommend to the general reader; all too many think the Civil War was just about Lee and Grant, and that's far from the whole story.