Looking for information on the First Cherokee Volunteer Cavalry (Confederate Army) and roster, casualties, etc. They vwere involved in battles of Honey Springs, (old) Fort Wayne aqnd Newtonia. Any stories regaqrding their commander, engagements, etc?
Dr. Emmet Starr's "History of the Cherokee Indians" lists the roster of the First Cherokee Mounted Volunteers. I believe he also lists their various engagements. They were involved in over forty battles and skirmishes in Indian Territory. They were formed at Old Fort Wayne near Tahlequah, OK., by Stand Watie, Chief of the Southern Cherokees. He was later only commissioned a Brigadier General (the native American general in the Civil War and the last Confederate general to surrender - at Doaks - 6 weeks after Lee's surrender). My great-grandfather was Surry Eaton (White Sut) Beck, who enlisted in the First Cherokee Mtd. at age 16. Sut Beck was married to Susan Ellen Daniel, daughter of John Ross Daniel. Several Daniels served in Stand Watie's brigade. Perhaps we are related.
If you will check at Chronicles of Oklahoma online or at your library you will find over 50 articles including some mention of the Cherokee Volunteers. The following link should take you right to it.
A good forum to check out is: http://history-sites.com/mb/cw/itcwmb/
You can do a search of this site to get a knowledge of what has already been discussed about this unit, as well as resources for good information such as the Official records of the Civil War. If you have a specific individual you are looking for they can help you find the dates of service and the possibility that they were in another unit.
I was looking for Tower's link to The Chronicles of Oklahoma Online.
This link works.
Thanks to BloodHound for the link posted.
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