December 9th, 2011

Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Chusto-Talasah, December 9, 1861


Battle of Chusto-Talasah December 9, 1861

On this date 150 years ago, about 190 days and thirty battles into the American Civil War,a battle was fought near present day Tulsa involving about 1300 Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Creek troops led, mostly, by white Confederate officers and a much larger or smaller contingent of Creek and Seminole troops led by a Muskogee chief who were surrogates for the Union army.  The "Confederates" won losing about 15 dead and 37 wounded.  The "Union" forces had much larger losses but were able to carry their dead and wounded away,  The war waged on for another four years and 330 or so more battles, sieges, and campaigns-- some of which were much bloodier and more decisive than this one.

I am not a Civil War buff and none of my ancestors, so far as i know, fought in the battle of Chusto-Talasah; but lately there has been a lot of commemoration and rememberance of past violence and i didn't think this event should be overlooked.  We are also told that not knowing history is an excuse for repeating it (or something like that) and that we should learn "the lessons of history."  So what are some of the lessons of Chusto-Talasah?

1) Don't plan your movements on the basis of rumors, fears, and lies.

2) Don't fight with people whose names you cannot spell.  You may be asked to write a report.

3) If you change sides in the middle of a battle, be sure to change your uniform.

4) Don't fight somebody else's war, even if you win you can't win.

I plan to continue to inform myself and my friends about the lessons of other Civil War battles, beginning with the Battle of  Camp Allegheny on December 13th (1861, that is.)