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Flowers left for Stand Watie
The First Cherokee Mounted Rifles was formed on August 31, 1862 with Colonel Stand Watie commanding, with Lieutenant Colonel Calvin Parks second in command. This unit along with others adopted the Cherokee Braves flag as their regimental colours. After Pea Ridge many of the Cherokees left the war, but Stand Watie and his Cherokee Braves remained for the duration of the war scouring the region using guerilla warfare, cutting Union supply lines and disrupting Federal operations throughout the Indian Territory. He was feared by his loyal Cherokee counterparts for the next three years. On May 10, 1864 he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General, the only Native American to reach the rank of General. Along with this first, he was also the last Confederate General officer to formally cease hostilities two months after Appomattox and Bentonville
- Dixie Home Georgia
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013

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