Opothleyaholo and the Loyal Muskogee: Their Flight to Kansas in the Civil War (Hardback)Lela J. McBride (author)
Hardback Published: 30/06/1999
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In 1861, Lieutenant William Averell was dispatched to Indian territory on a secret mission intended to close the forts that protected the Creeks, Seminoles, Chickasaws, Choctaws and Cherokees. The South immediately seized the opportunity to woo the Indian nations to the Confederacy. The South anticipated some trouble with John Ross, the Cherokee chief, but expected little trouble from the other tribes. However, they had forgotten about a leader of the Muskogees, called the Creeks by whites, named Opothleyaholo. Opothleyaholo had endured the "Trail of Tears" in 1836, when the Creeks had been uprooted from their homelands in Alabama and Georgia and sent to Arkansas. As the Civil War approached, Opothleyaholo fully understood the strategic importance of the Indian territory to the Confederacy and knew that an alliance with its government would undoubtedly lead to the demise of his people. This is the story of how he sided with the United States and fought bravely, only to be deserted by its troops when he needed them most. It covers the little-remembered part of the years leading up to the Civil War and the bravery and misfortune of the Indian tribes in the conflict.
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Weight: 449 g
Dimensions: 240 x 158 x 20 mm
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