“Thanksgiving Day! In the days of our founders, they were willing to give thanks for mighty little, for mighty little was all they expected. …” Will Rogers

William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers was born November 4, 1879 to a prominent Cherokee family in Indian Territory. The house Will Rogers was born in had been built four years earlier in 1875. The Dog Iron was a sprawling frontier ranch encompassing some 60,000 acres. Locals referred to the Rogers family home as the “White House…

Who was the last Confederate general to surrender? (Ten weeks after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox)

Brigadier General Isaac Stand Watie surrendered on June 23, 1865; Ten weeks after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox April 9, 1865. General Watie commanded the Confederate Indian cavalry of the Army of the Trans-Mississippi, made up mostly of Cherokee, Muskogee and Seminole Native Americans. Born December 12, 1806 in Oothcaloga, Cherokee Nation (Georgia) with the given name…