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Albert C. Ellithorpe, the First Indian Home Guards, and the by M. Jane Johansson

By M. Jane Johansson

The Civil warfare reports of Albert C. Ellithorpe, a Caucasian Union military officer commanding the tri-racial First Indian domestic Guards, remove darkness from awesome and understudied features of campaigning west of the Mississippi River. significant Ellithorpe’s unit—comprised essentially of refugee Muscogee Creek and Seminole Indians and African americans who served as interpreters—fought largely in Arkansas and Indian Territory, remoted from the bigger currents of the Civil conflict. utilizing Ellithorpe’s magazine and his sequence of Chicago night Journal articles as her major assets, M. Jane Johansson unravels this unheard of account, delivering one of many fullest examinations to be had on a mixed-race Union regiment serving within the border sector of the West.

Ellithorpe's insightful observations on Indians and civilians in addition to the battle within the trans-Mississippi theater supply an extraordinary glimpse right into a principally forgotten point of the clash. He wrote greatly concerning the position of Indian troops, who served essentially as scouts and skirmishers, and at the nature of guerrilla battle within the West. Ellithorpe additionally uncovered inner difficulties in his regiment; a few of his such a lot dramatic entries trouble his personal fees opposed to Caucasian officials, one in every of whom allegedly stole cash from the unit's African American interpreters. Compiled the following for the 1st time, Ellithorpe’s observation at the warfare provides a brand new bankruptcy to our figuring out of America’s most complex and tragic conflict.

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