The American Indian as Participant in the Civil War by Annie Heloise Abel

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The first Kansas state legislature convened March 26, 1861, and set itself at once to work to put the new machinery of government into operation. After much political wire-pulling that involved the promise of spoils to come,85 James H. Lane and Samuel C. Pomeroy86 were declared to be elected United States senators, the term of office of each to begin with the first session of the thirty-seventh congress. ) says, "Going into Nicolay's room this morning, C. Schurz, and J. Lane were sitting. Jim was at the window, filling his soul with gall by steady telescopic contemplation of a Secession flag impudently flaunting over a roof in Alexandria.

Footnote 50: (return) Arkansas seemed, at the time, to be but feebly protected. W. Johnson deprecated the calling of Arkansas troops eastward. ) invasion and to relieve Missouri; his plan of operations was to conduct a spring campaign in the latter state, "to attempt St. S. Johnston; but, if that were really so, it was not, at the time, divulged or so much as hinted at. Ostensibly, the great object that Van Dorn had in mind was the relief of Missouri. And he may have dreamed, that feat accomplished, that it would be possible to carry the war into the enemy's country beyond the Ohio; but, alas, it was his misfortune at this juncture to be called upon to realise, to his great discomfiture, the truth of Robert Burns' homely philosophy, The best-laid schemes o' mice and men Gang aft a-gley.

To keep that promise he tarried at Park Hill one day, expecting there to be overtaken by additional Choctaws and Chickasaws who had been left behind at Fort Gibson. When they did not appear, he went forward towards Evansville and upward to Cincinnati, a small town on the Arkansas side of the Cherokee line. There his Indian force was augmented by Stand Watie's regiment52 of Cherokees and at Smith's Mill by John Footnote 52: (return) Watie's regiment of Cherokees was scarcely in either marching or fighting trim.

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