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Notable Native American Civil War Leaders

Friday, November 4, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

In Person | Virtual

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John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center

About the Lecture

The highest ranking Native American Civil War officer was Brigadier General Stand Watie, CSA. A Cherokee leader, Watie was born in Georgia and moved to Oklahoma during the Trail of Tears. He organized the 1st Cherokee Mounted Rifles on behalf of the Confederacy. His command was the last Confederate land force to surrender when Watie did so on June 23, 1865. Colonel Ely S. Parker, USA, a Seneca Indian, served as a Union engineer until he was named aide to General U. S. Grant. Parker drafted the surrender documents at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, resulting in General R. E. Lee laying down his army’s arms on April 9, 1865. 

This lecture is part of The Mariners’ celebration for Native American Heritage Month!

John V. Quarstein

Registration information:

Advance registration is required whether you attend the lecture in person or online.

In person 

Free for Museum Members.
$1 for guests.


This lecture is livestreamed
and free to watch online.

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Image header:
Isaac Stand Watie, Degataga (right), ca. 1860-1865. Col. Ely S. Parker (left), ca. 1860-1865. Mathew Brady, photographer, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

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