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Unidentified Soldier, purported to be a part of the Indian Home Guard.

During the war of the rebellion a number of the residents of the Indian Territory, members of the various tribes therein located, were organized into regiments for military service in the armies of the United States, and were designated as the First, Second, and Third Regiments of Indian Home Guards. They were regularly mustered into the United States service, borne upon the rolls of the Army, and paid upon the monthly muster and pay rolls by paymasters of the Army. Numbers 1 and 2 of accompanying documents show that those troops were regularly recognized as in service.

Being thus regularly in the military service, and subject to the military laws and regulations, it was assumed that they were entitled to the pay and allowances of other troops, including bounties and Pensions.

There seems to have been some doubt, however, as to their being entitled to bounty, as I find that by joint resolution passed June 18, 1866, (United States Stat., vol. 14, p. 3600) Congress directed that the bounty of $100 should be paid to those Indian troops under the same regulations as governed the payment of bounties to other volunteers in the service of the United States. This joint resolution is believed to be the only special legislation relating to those Indian regiments.

Names in Ledger of Alex Clapperton, Ft. Gibson

Names in Ledger of Alex Clapperton, Ft. Gibson, seized by the US Department of the Interior, Most are dated between 1868 and 1869. Each have a Receipt Number. Deceased are listed as dead.

Official Documentation of the Indian Home Guard

The Marble Salt Works

Bounty Applications of the Indian Home Guard

Inquiries of the Indian Home Guard

Pensions for the Indian Home Guard



MLA Source Citation:

42nd Congress. Alleged Frauds Against Certain Indian Soldiers. House of Representatives Report, 2nd Session, No. 96. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 17 December 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/indian-home-guard.htm - Last updated on Mar 24th, 2013


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