1st Regiment, Cherokee Mounted Rifles, CSA (Confederate)

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Brief History

The 1st Cherokee Mounted Rifles was organized at Old Fort Wayne, Delaware District, Cherokee Nation, in July, 1861. It served in the Department of the Indian Territory, then was assigned to D.H. Cooper's and Watie's Brigade, Trans-Mississippi Department. The regiment fought at Elkhorn Tavern, Old Fort Wayne, Prairie Grove, Elk Creek, and Mazzard Prairie. About 200 officers and men fought at Cabin Creek in September, 1864, then surrendered on June 23, 1865. Its commanders were Colonels James M. Bell and Stand Watie; Lieutenant Colonels Robert C. Parks, Thomas F. Taylor, Joseph F. Thompson, and Clem N. Vann; and Majors E.C. Bondinot and E.J. Howland.[1]

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.

Other Sources

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘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.
  • Confederate Regular Troops in the Civil War describes and explains records about the Confederate Regular Troops, which are the troops created by the Confederate government rather than organized by a particular  state,
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains Confederate States (CSA) and United States (USA) records, rather than state records, plus how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.


  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).