Winston Guards No.2643 MS Division United Daughters of the Confederacy met on February 6, 2012 in the Colonial Room at Lake Tiak O Khata. The tables were covered with white tablecloths and red and pink napkins. There were red heart garland and vases that held pink camellias with nandina and forsythia.
Travis Creel, a member of the Lost Tribe of the Cherokee of Arkansas was our speaker. The Lost Tribe is no officially federally recognized, but are in the process of working with he Bureau of Indian Affairs to get trace their charts back to their original ancestors. This group’s ancestors stayed in Missouri during the “Trail of Tears” in 1838. Senator Dawes of Massachusetts had created a roll call that all Indians were to sign. The Lost Tribe did not sign. Their ancestors believed in their principles. They were the first to buy into Christianity and allowed missionaries to educate their children. They spoke English and have intermarried and lived all over the world.
At the outbreak of the War Between the States, most of the Indians were removed to Oklahoma. There were twelve Indian regiments that served in the Confederacy. Stand Waite was 1/2 Cherokee ad was the most successful General. He was a Brigadier General commanding the Indian Calvary of the Army of Trans-MS. They were mostly Cherokee, Seminole and Muskogee Indians. Waite used gorilla attack to terrorize Northern troops. He was the last general to surrender. He signed on June 23, 186 at Townsend. OK. Travis presented a very informative program.
After the program, Connie Faye Estes, President of Winston Guards, opened th business session with the pledges, salutes and songs. At the conclusion of business session, we adjourned b holding hands and singing “Bless Be The Tie That Binds”.