Choctaw Nation discover Civil War Veterans...

Gravesites of vets discovered in King Cemetery near Kinta.

DURANT, Okla. – Choctaw Nation Historic Preservation employees worked for two months to prepare for the May 24 ceremony honoring two full-blood Choctaw Civil War Confederate soldiers at their discovered grave sites in King Cemetery near Kinta, Oklahoma.

“I was doing family research and discovered the cemetery,” Karrie Shannon, Choctaw Nation employee in McAlester, said. “In November, I made a trip to Kinta, Oklahoma to locate the King Cemetery. I found the cemetery unmaintained and abandoned. No one might have entered there for 121 years, it was so thick you had a hard time making your way through the area.”

Private Henry Cooper and 2nd Lieutenant Jerry Riddle received military government issued headstones and were honored during the cemetery dedication in May. Both were descendents of Chief Mosholatubbee, who had seven sons with the surname King and one daughter surnamed Cooper.

Skyler Robinson, Cemetery Restoration Coordinator with Historic Preservation, said his crew works to preserve and protect abandoned Choctaw cemeteries like King Cemetery. “It was in really bad shape, thick with briars and bushes,” Robinson said. “We went in and cleaned it up, put a new fence around it with a gate, and then placed a couple of headstones.”

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I find things like the above article so fascinating, partly because it's history that I personally did not know. Secondly, it opens a whole new area of study concerning the Civil War.

The Choctaw People were a farming nation located in the Southeast part of the country and were one of the first to walk the "Trail of Tears." In 1830, the nation was forced into Southeastern Oklahoma. The Choctaw Nation signed a treaty with the Confederacy in 1861. This treaty is truly some thing to read.

Confederate Choctaw Unit: 1st Regiment, Choctaw Mounted Rifles formed in 1862, surrendered in 1865. In all there were over 28,000 Native Americans serving in the Civil War. The Choctaw, Creek, Seminole, Cherokee and Catawba fought exclusively for the Confederacy.

The state of Oklahoma’s name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma meaning Red People.

While studying how the Native Americans played a role in the Civil War, the most surprising discovery thus far has been that; Union General Ely S. Parker, of the Seneca tribe, was the military secretary for Ulysses S. Grant and a lawyer.  He wrote the articles of surrender signed by Robert E. Lee.

More to come on this subject...

Good luck and HH


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