When the Wolf Came


When the Wolf Came: The Civil War and the Indian Territory—Mary Jane Warde—University of Arkansas Press

Warde explores how the Civil War in the Indian Territory involved almost every resident; resulted in the death of both civilians and soldiers; left the country stripped and devastated; set off a wave of migration into neighboring states; and cost Indian nations millions of acres of land. Warde also shows how post-war land cessions—forced by the federal government on Indian nations formerly allied with the Confederacy—allowed the removal of still more tribes to the Indian Territory, leaving millions of acres open for homesteads, railroads, and development in at least ten states. Warde is the author of Washita and George Washington Grayson and the Creek Nation. She lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


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