Date of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Thomas Wickman


Stand Watie, the only Indian Brigadier general to serve on either side during the Civil War, has a legacy that is intertwined with the problematic beliefs like that of the Lost Cause and his image has undergone a revision that aims to exploit his Indigeneity for the purpose of exalting the wider Confederacy. This paper seeks to examine how the historiography of biographies on Watie contributed to this image that dominates the public imagination and how the effects of this portrayal can be observed in the modern day.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in History.