In the winter of 1863-1864, my great grandfather Pvt. Joshua David Coffee and 24 men of the 1st Texas Cavalry were detached and stationed at Colbert's Ferry on picket duty. Those men ate well while station at the ferry because they were camped at Frank Colbert's plantation. Frank Colbert was a generous man and sold milk, ham and chickens to the Confederate soldiers camped at his plantation.
Frank Colbert, a Chickasaw Indian, was kind to the poor and was an Royal Arch Mason. Colbert had numerous slaves but since the was a Chickasaw, he was kind to them and they never tried to run away. Colbert's plantation was located on the Texas Road about one-half mile north of Colbert's Ferry. The community of Colbert Oklahoma is named for the Colbert family.
After the WBTS, President Grant's son stayed overnight at Frank Colbert's plantation.