Stand Watie – Cherokee General


Cherokee Chief and Civil War General Stand Watie

As requested by many of you, here is my Christmas Season 2021 address to the annual national meeting of the Stand Watie Military Society in Oklahoma City, accompanied by the vibrant slide show I presented. Learn the unabridged saga of the legendary Cherokee Chief, only Native general of the War Between the States, commander of Indian cavalry from the saddle and in the field himself while nearly 60 years of age, last Confederate 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!

 
Stand Watie and his Native warriors

Stand Watie and his Native warriors’ famed capture of the Union steamship J. R. WILLIAMS near Fort Gibson, Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) during the American Civil War, as depicted by acclaimed Oklahoma artist Neal Taylor.

 
Sarah Bell Watie

Sarah Bell Watie, wise, kindly, and beautiful wife of Stand Watie.

 

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 Native warriors in the American Civil War.

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