Posted by Champ on July 03, 1999 at 20:52:43:
In Reply to: Re: On this date..... posted by Bill R on July 03, 1999 at 20:24:25:
>Naw, I hadnt forgot...
I just wanted to pay homage to a little known happening on this date, & to my Cherokee ancestors.
The 3 days of Gettysburg just as many lost American lives as the 10 yrs spent in Viet Nam, but Antietam (or Sharpsburg) was the bloodiest single day in American history.
: Let's not forget that the battle at Gettysburg was in full swing on this date also. That battle's outcome saw Lee move back south and ended his drive northward. I could be wrong, I am no CW historian or literate, but it may have been ONE of the bloodiest battles, if not the bloodiest battle in loss of Americans (and I call both sides Americans) of all.
: I can never imagine campaigning in the July heat and mugginess in woolen uniforms no matter the battle or the year. Give me cotton every time!
: Bill R
: : On this date in 1862 the battle of Locust Grove was in full swing. The
: : Federal Army moving from Fort Scott, KS was advancing across the Cherokee line in Indian Territory.
: : The only available force to meet the 5,000 Federal troops was CSA
: : Colonel Stand Watie and his faithful force of the 1st Cherokee regiment, and Colonel Clarkson's Battalion of Missourians.
: : These brave men met the overwhelming odds on the 3rd of July 1862.
: : Although Colonel Clarkson's group were surprised with 30 killed and over 110 captured, Colonel Watie with unsurpassed courage and honor continued to resist.
: : Colonel Watie's regiment encountered six-fold their numbers in the 6th
: : Kansas. Finally, after a valiant struggle, Col. Watie and his men were
: : forced to fall back into Arkansas.
: : "Champ"
: : NW District
: : Southern Cherokee Nation
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