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Cherokee General – Podcast

Meet the immortal “Cherokee General,” Stand Watie. Cherokee Chief, only American Indian general of the War Between the States, commander of Native cavalry from the saddle and in the field himself while nearly 60 years of age, last general to surrender (three months after Robert E. Lee at Appomattox), and guerrilla war mastermind of numerous Civil War battle victories on his home turf of modern day Oklahoma!

iHeartRadio star Gwin Faulconer-Lippert and John share the unique and inspiring story, from the Trail of Tears to the Civil War and beyond, of a Cherokee, Oklahoma, and American legend. It’s the eleventh episode of our weekly OKLAHOMA GOLD! radio program and podcast. Go HERE to listen to them all! Future episodes explore more great heroes, events, and movements of Oklahoma History.


Sarah Bell Watie, wise, kindly, and beautiful wife of Stand Watie. Her counsel to him during the War Between the States helped shape the post-war history of the Cherokee Nation.

Clem Rogers, Oklahoma founding father, father of famed entertainer and journalist Will Rogers, and Civil War cavalry scout for General Stand Watie.

The 1995 Stand Watie U.S. postage stamp.

John’s books THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES and THE OKLAHOMANS both chronicle the deeds of Stand Watie, the Cherokee Mounted Rifles, and other Oklahoma Indian warriors in the American Civil War.


Not too long ago, John delivered a moving presentation on the life of Stand Watie at Randall University’s second annual Symposium on the American Civil War which you can listen to HERE.

You can also hear another past audio presentation on Stand Watie, on the audio presentations page (near the bottom) HERE.

There is also additional reading available, in John's article for HERE.

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