Wilson's Creek National Battlefield is home to one of the finest publicly held museum collections representing the American Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi West Theater.
The museum collections include historic objects and documents from many of the battles in the Trans-Mississippi Theatre of the War. The collections also contain objects from prisoner of war camps where Trans-Mississippian soldiers were detained and perished, items documenting battlefield medicine and advances in treatment, objects and documents that lead to a greater understanding of the role of women in the Civil War, and items documenting the naval aspect of warfare in the Trans-Mississippi Theater.
Cherokee Braves Flag and the Centennial One Object Exhibit
The flag symbolizes the Cherokee Nation's support of the Confederacy. The pattern copies the Confederate First National flag: the circle of 11 white stars represents the states that formed the Confederacy. Within the circle are five red stars for each of the "Civilized Tribes" – the Choctaws, Seminoles, Chickasaws, and Creeks (with the large center red star representing the Cherokees). The words "Cherokee Braves" announce the unit's fighting resolve at the beginning of the war.
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The Cherokee Braves Flag is the only known example of a Confederate American Indian regimental flag, and is associated with Colonel Stand Watie, a prominent Cherokee tribal leader.
Last updated: February 6, 2023