Little Known Characters in America: Stan Watie

During the American Civil War, Maryland was divided. Although the North stayed part of the Union, the South was filled with Confederate sympathisers and spies. When President Abraham Lincoln heard of Southern Maryland’s seedy reputation, he had it occupied by Union military for the duration of the war, but this did not do much to stop the espionage, subterfuge, or squash the will of the people to be part of the Confederation.

Key Takeaways:

  • Most of the Native American tribes, including the Cherokee, sided with the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
  • Watie was a commander in the war for the Confederacy.
  • Watie was honored for his role in fighting other tribes that had joined the union, but ultimately surrendered. He was the last Confederate general to surrender.

“On June 23, 1865, Watie signed a cease-fire agreement with Union representatives relinquishing his command. He has the distinction of being the last Confederate general to surrender.”

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