Find-a-Grave description for Soldier's Cemetery, Adair County, Oklahoma:
This cemetery is located in the NW4, NW4, NW4 of Section 29, Township 15N, Range 26E. It is located approximately ten miles southeast of Stilwell in Adair County, Oklahoma , just west of Muskrat Mountain. In 1937, Gus Hummingbird employed by Works Progress Administration interviewed several older area residents including Blackbird Doublehead, John Livers, and George Cockran. These men relayed a story told to them by a full-blood Cherokee named Doublehead who lived in the area during the Civil War. The story concerns an old cemetery called Soldier's Cemetery. During the Civil War, a group of approximately twenty Federal soldiers from Fort Gibson began an expedition in the eastern Cherokee Nation after the military learned of reports that Confederates and bushwackers were pillaging from area residents. While camped on the mountain, seven of the soldiers died of black smallpox. The remaining soldiers buried the bodies in a row on a high hill near a house. In 1938, the informers told Hummingbird that only one rock inscribed in Cherokee syllabary existed marking the spot of the graves. The rock mentions the name of Augerhole, one of the men in the expedition.
Source: Gus Hummingbird, March 22, 1938. A Report on Soldier Cemetery, Indian-Pioneer Papers, Western History Collections, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
Submitted to Find A Grave by Luke Williams.