Although there are some fine bits and pieces scattered around in journal articles and books, it appears my hunch was essentially correct that a scholarly, thorough, book length history of the war in the IT 1861-65 doesn't exist. As with other military figures who continue to receive a disproportionate amount of attention (i.e. Chamberlain at Gettysburg), Stand Watie appears to be 'that guy' for the IT. Me, I have a soft spot for Chilly McIntosh--love that name. I did get some opinions about a few books from a couple helpful avocational researchers. Although I don't feel the need to read one, it struck me that no one mentioned any of the many Albert Pike biographies. Overall, the general lack of impressive books really attests to the scholarly void for the region.
READING LIST AND COMMENTS:
- The American Indian As Participant in the Civil War by Annie Abel.
- The American Indian in the Civil War, 1862-1865 by Annie Abel.
- The American Indian and the End of the Confederacy 1863-1866 by Annie Abel.
- The Civil War on the Border (2 vols) by Wiley Britton.
- The Union Indian Brigade in the Civil War by Wiley Britton.
- Red Fox: Stand Watie and the Confederate Indian Nations During the Civil War Years in Indian Territory by Wilfred Knight.
- The Civil War in the Indian Territory by Larry Rampp.
- The Prairie Was on Fire: Eyewitness Accounts of the Civil War in the Indian Territory by Whit Edward.
- The Confederate Cherokees: John Drew's Regiment of Mounted Rifles by W. Craig Gaines.
- Embattled Arkansas by Michael Banasik.
- Clarkson's Battalion (review) by David Haimerl
- Brilliant victory: The second Civil War battle of Cabin Creek, Indian Territory, September 19, 1864 by Steven L. Warren.
[Thanks to the guys on the Indian Territory in the Civil War board for their input]