March 3, 2015 Choctaws and the Civil War The Civil War brought on trying times to not only the American people but also the tribes. The tribes were given a choice of joining the Confederacy or the Union. This decision would change all the lives of the tribal people. What would happen if they chose the side that lost? How would that impact them? These questions flood the brains of the tribes. When it was time for the Choctaw to make a decision they chose the
The Choctaw people were valiant and hardworking soldiers. There were as many as or more then 1,000 choctaw soldiers and an additional 200 militia. These soldiers were trained in combat and weaponry. Although there were concerns with the weaponry …show more content…
One of the first fighting units were the Chickasaw and
Choctaw Mounted Rifles. That particular fighting unit was commanded by a former
Native American agent named Douglas H. Cooper. Although the Choctaw participated
in the Civil War very rarely they did fight many battles. One battle they participated in was the battle of Honey Springs. Cooper, the commander, stated in his afteraction report that the Native Americans aggressive and ruthless fight saved the unit from capture. He also said at the end of his report "... [The] Choctaws behaved bravely, as they always do"
At Cabin Creek the first battle occurred on July 1–2, 1863, along the
Grand River. This battle involved the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry. The Second battle was fought near the same location on September 19, 1864. The first battle that occurred outside Indian Territory was at Horse Creek, Arkansa on February 17, 1864.
The Buffalo Soldiers were put in place to protect the Tribes. When it came to the
Interactions with the Buffalo Soldiers the Choctaw did have some conflicts but did …show more content…
The final removal left only 3,000 Choctaw in Mississippi.
The Civil war brought on hardships for all in the United States. The five Civilized
Tribes fought the hardest battle of all. The battle to be able to be themselves, have their own beliefs, pass on traditions and to just live their life. The American Civil war will live on as one of the many hardships that was forced onto the tribes shoulders.
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It has information on not only the Civil war but also information about the Choctaw Nation in general. Its purpose is to teach us about the CHoctaw language, history, traditions and beliefs. Kelvit, Joyce Ann. "ABCCLIO SCHOOLS."
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