The American Indian and the End of the Confederacy, 1863-1866

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Overview


Late in April 1861, President Lincoln ordered Federal troops to evacuate forts in Indian Territory. That left the Five Civilized Tribes—Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks, and Seminoles—essentially under Confederate jurisdiction and control. The American Indian and the End of the Confederacy, 1863–1866, spans the closing years of the Civil War, when Southern fortunes were waning, and the immediate postwar period.
 
Annie Heloise Abel shows the extreme vulnerability of the Indians caught between two warring sides. "The failure of the United States government to afford to the southern Indians the protection solemnly guaranteed by treaty stipulations had been the great cause of their entering into an alliance with The Confederacy, "she writes. Her classic book, originally published in 1925 as the third volume of The Slaveholding Indians, makes clear how the Indians became the victims of uprootedness and privation, pillaging, government mismanagement, and, finally, a deceptive treaty for reconstruction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803259218
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 428
  • Lexile: 1550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author


Annie Heloise Abel (1873–1947) was a historical editor and writer of books dealing mainly with the trans-Mississippi West. The other two volumes of her trilogy, The American Indian as Slaveholder and Secessionist (1915) and The American Indian in the Civil War, 1862–1865 (1919), have also been reprinted as Bison Books.
 
Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green, professors of history at the University of Kentucky, have provided an introduction.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Bison Book Edition 1
Preface 9
I Overtures of Peace and Reconciliation 11
II The Return of the Refugees 35
III Cattle-Driving in the Indian Country 73
IV The Muster Out of the Indian Home Guards 99
V The Surrender of the Secessionist Indians 127
VI The Peace Council at Fort Smith, September, 1865 173
VII The Harlan Bill 219
VIII The Freedmen of Indian Territory 269
IX The Earlier of the Reconstruction Treaties of 1866 301
X Negotiations with the Cherokees 345
Selected Bibliography 365
Index 379
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