Cherokee Battalion (Oklahoma) (Confederate)
In the spring of 1864, Major General Samuel B. Maxey reorganized Confederate troops in the Indian Territory and created the First Indian Cavalry Brigade with Colonel Stand Watie as commander. The Cherokee Battalion was part of this brigade. Major Joseph A. Scales, commanding.
For additional information about the First Indian Cavalry Brigade, see the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture article.
Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in 'Oklahoma in the Civil War' and 'United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865' (see below).
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
- Oklahoma in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Oklahoma, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- American Indians in the Civil War gives information about Indian fighters in the war and records created about them.
- United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- For help with American Indian genealogical research, see the Wiki article, American Indian Genealogy.
- Oklahoma Historical Society, First Indian Cavalry Brigade, article in the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (accessed 4 August 2011)