Thomas Legion (Cherokee Indians in the Confederate Army)
Identifier: QSPC 2014.004
Scope and Contents
Thomas Legion (Cherokee Indians in the Confederate Army). Banner: Cherokee Veteran Indians of Thomas Legion 69 N.C. Rec Sou-Noo-Kee Camp. Copy photograph + caption + Hymn to the Great Smokies by Eva Plamondon Boyd and Margaret Stringfield. All three items glued to board backing. 10 x 16” . 1 pc. The following caption was under the image: Above is shown the last photograph ever taken of the remaining members of the famous Thomas Legion, composed of Cherokee Indians in the Confederate Army. The photograph was made in New Orleans at the time of the New Orleans Reunion of Confederate Veterans. The inscription on the banner, displayed in the photograph, is as follows: "Cherokee Veteran Indians of Thomas Legion. 69 N. C. Regiment. Suo-Noo-Kee Camp U. C. V. 4th Brigade, N. C. Division." Reading from left to right, those in the picture are: front row, 1 Young Deer; 2 unidentified; 3 Pheasant; 4 Chief David Reed; 5 Sevier Skitty; back row, 1 the Rev. Bird Saloneta; 2 Dickey Driver; 3 Lieut. Col. W. W. Stringfield of Waynesville; 4 Lieutenant Suatie Owl; 5 Jim Keg; 6 Wesley Crow; 7 unidentified; 8 Lieutenant Calvin Cagle. All of these men are now dead with the exception of Sevier Skitty, who lives one mile from Cherokee. Lieut. Col. Stringfield and Lieut. Cagle were white officers of the legion. Names of the men in the photograph were furnished by James R. Thomas of Waynesville, son of the late Col. W. H. Thomas, who commanded the Thomas Legion. This band of Indians built the first road across the Great Smoky Mountains.
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Scanned & added to Digital Collection, July 2014. Photograph is larger than scanner; edge of image not scanned. Basic editing was done to cover scratches. Received with SPC 2014.015.
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