African-Native American Genealogy Forum
A Freedman in the Battle Of Honey Springs
There were many soldiers who fled Indian Territory during the Civil War, into Kansas. Many joined the 1st and 2nd Kansas Colored, and those soldiers in particular saw battle when the confrontation at Honey Springs occurred. Many celebrated the 150th anniversary of that battle this past week.
Isaac Alexander, from the Chickasaw Nation was among the many former slaves who became freedom fighters during that time. He was a man of mature years, yet when the chance to fight for his freedom came, he seized it and joined the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry. He would later emerge as a leader among Chickasaw Freedmen in their quest for equality. As many were honoring the soldiers from the Honey Springs battle, I took a closer look at the man who in spite of his older years, enlisted and served honorably in the Union Army. I wrote a piece about him on my blog, which appears below.