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Thanks Ralph!
In Response To: Lee's Light Battery ()

Dear Ralph,

Thanks for responding so quickly with this "first time" complete roster of Lee's Battery. As Gerald stated in his posting this battery has "always" been referred to as a TEXAS battery. Well, that's partly true but this roster proves another contention which is that it was a mix of both Texas and Indian troops.

As a mixed-blood Cherokee, this is very important as the stereotype of the Native-Americans in the Civil War is wearers of buckskin, speaking in "grunts" and broken-English, with scalping knives and a savage participation in the battles. The Pea Ridge accounts of "wild Indians" dancing around the "Shooting Wagons" perpetuates this stereotype. In fact, this roster proclaims loudly that Native-Americans could fully utilize "white" technology in the form of artillery and did not "scamper" up a tree whenever they saw a cannon.

I don't mean to go off on a "rant" but the record of the contributions and the culture of the Native-Americans in the Indian Territory is so misunderstood by many Civil War historians that this little list is a "big symbol" to the pride of we descendants of these men.

Thanks again Ralph,

Jim Martin

Messages In This Thread

R.W. Lee's Texas Battery
Roswell W. Lee
Re: Roswell W. Lee
Lee's Battery
Capt. Alex Foreman
Re: Capt. Alex Foreman
1st Cherokee Mtd Volunteers
More identified!
2nd Co. E, 1st Cherokee Mounted Rifles
Foreman's Company
Lee's-Humphreys' Battery
Emmet Starr's "History of the Cherokee"
Lee's Light Battery
Updates to your roster!
Comments requested
Jr. 2nd Lt. "Riley Wise"
Great Work, Gerald!
Thanks Ralph!
Lee's-Humphreys' Battery
Lee's Battery
Indian Territory Battery
1st Cherokee Battery, PACS
Capt. John T. Humphreys
Re: Capt. John T. Humphreys
Re: Capt. John T. Humphreys