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Stand Watie
Stand Watie as leader of the Treaty Party of the Cherokee Nation, 1862
Stand Watie as leader of the Treaty Party of the Cherokee Nation, 1862
Native name
Degataga
Birth name Taw-ker-Taw-ker, De-gata-ga
Born (1806-12-12)December 12, 1806
Calhoun, Georgia
Died September 9, 1871(1871-09-09) (aged 64)
Delaware County, Oklahoma
Buried
Allegiance  Confederate States of America
Service/branch

 Confederate States of America Army

Years of service 1861–1865 (CSA)
Rank Brigadier General (CSA)
Commands held 1st Cherokee Mounted Rifles
Battles/wars

American Civil War

Other work Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation (1862–1866)

Stand Watie (December 12, 1806 – September 9, 1871) was a leader of the Cherokee Nation and a brigadier general of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He commanded the Native American cavalry made up mostly of Cherokee, Creek and Seminole people. He was also known as Degataga, meaning to "stand firm" and Isaac S. Watie.

Stand Watie was born in Georgia. He helped his brother run a newspaper. Watie helped lead the Cherokees from Georgia to Oklahoma in 1835.

When the American Civil War started in 1861, Watie started a cavalry regiment. He lead the regiment in several battles with the Union Army. In 1862, he was elected as a chief of the Cherokees. Watie surrendered to the Union army in 1865.

Watie died in 1871.

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