Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
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.
Cheung, Corey, "The Indigenous Poster Child of the Lost Cause: An Examination of the Historiography of Brigadier General Stand Watie and the Legacy of Cherokee Confederate Involvement during the Civil War". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2021.
Trinity College Digital Repository, https://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/880