Sunday, September 3, 2017

Reviews we missed, from FaceBook readers, Thank you!


Victoria DeBord‎ to Jesus Wept - An American Story
· March 6, 2014 · Abingdon, VA ·

Thank you so much for this book. It's hard to say how much I enjoyed this book because it is at times a sad and cruel history - but it is a story that needs to be heard. It was so well written that the hope and resilience of generations overshadows the darkness. And excellent reference packed with so much detail - I'll definitely wander through it again - with curious little Lena and Grandpa Jim! Very well done!! Excellent work!

Michael Karpovage‎ to Jesus Wept - An American Story
· July 25, 2013 ·

I received my autographed copy of "Jesus Wept" by Just Another Savage( *****)last year and it proved an incredible source of history and storytelling. It helped me greatly in research I was doing on the Watie family for my upcoming new novel.*


Linda Cee‎ to Jesus Wept - An American Story
· July 7, 2012 ·

I highly recommend this wonderful book to all who love American history!

Remaining buildings at Mt. Tabor, Texas Community of Cherokee Indians.

NOTE:...These blogs have statistics attached to them...makes one wonder why the Russians were so interested in the Civil War/Indians yesterday??

United States


Friday, September 1, 2017


We have to know where we've been to know where we are going.

This sophomoric argument over removal of monuments associated with the Confederacy (or the piss and moan target of the day) has gone too far.

 SHUT UP! NO ONE won our Civil War, and the proof is all the BULL CRAP carrying on by special interest groups! Leave our history ALONE!

 YOU have NO idea which side you'd been on if you had to choose...the war was fought for a lot of reasons, and if the big mouths who know NOTHING of this nation's history had to chose under different circumstances, they might be surprised which side they might take.

JESUS WEPT!!! THAT is what this book is about!

This flag was a SYMBOL of the south...a CHEROKEE battle flag for the Confederacy...How about it, you leftists like Liz Warren...will you DEMAND they be destroyed???


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Character Profile...Hooley Bell (Lucien Burr Bell)

Researching "Jesus Wept" was often a heartbreaking experience.  The light moments were there,  thankfully due to amazing characters like "Hooley" Bell.
 Born Lucien Burr Bell, he was the son of John Adair Bell, one of the signers of the Treaty of New Echota.  A lawyer and businessman in his own right, Bell was called to Washington D.C. in 1866 to speak on behalf of the Cherokee Tribe.

From Chapter  15  -   The Inevitable
Fall 1866, Washington D.C.

Hooley Bell, Dartmouth educated son of John Adair Bell, was being sworn in at the hearing to be questioned by the Congressional panel.

     "Please state your name!"  Ordered the chairman of the solemn assembly.

     "Captain Lucien Burr Bell, Sir,"  answered Bell loudly, saluting the august committee. 
     "People who know me call me Hooley.  That's Cherokee for Bell."

     "What is your trade, calling, or occupation?" The chairman demanded.

      Bell replied, "Various things. I practice law a for office
      occasionally.         Now and then take a hand at poker and never miss a horse race, if I get to it." 

 He paused a moment, cleared his throat as his eyes surveyed the room.
      "The rest of the time I spend in trying to fool God like you white folks do."                     [snip]


A freed slave named Daisy relays a story about Bell in Chapter 3, The Trail where They Cried

  "My mother was a slave girl from Georgia pick up by the Bells when they left that country 'bout 1838 with the rest of the Indians before I was born.  Old master was John Bell Jr.  The mistress was Charlotte Adair Bell and dey was Cherokee Indians of the Deer Clan.  Them Adairs was all smart people.  Some of 'em went to college! 

     The old woman leaned forward and began to laugh.  "Cousin Hooley Bell was payin' for his nephew Harv Shelton's edu-cation at Dartmouth one time.  Harv said he'd been doin' some serious thinking since he'd been at that fine school and he figured he jes' couldn't accept some of dat religion he'd been taught no mo' and dat he didn't believe what he thought he once did.
He asked Hooley what he must do.

Cousin Hooley told that boy, 'Come on home! Ya can go to hell in Tahlequah as easy as ya can go to hell at Dartmouth!'" [snip]

 From CHAPTER 16   -   Beginning Again
The South rebuilds after the Civil War

At the war's end, Hooley Bell went back to Rusk County, Texas (The Cherokee plantation of Mt. Tabor)   and planted a failed cotton crop, typical for that year.
The following year he moved to Delaware District, Cherokee Nation, and farmed for several years, then to Tahlequah where he served as President in the Cherokee Senate, often arguing on behalf of his people in Washington D.C.
 "Cousin Hooley" passed two months before his Uncle Jim Bell in 1915 and is buried at Vinita, Oklahoma.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

This Day in History...Chief John Ross taken into Union Custody July 12, 1862


July 12, 1862

John Ross, tyrant chief of the Cherokee Tribe was taken into protective custody, then immediately paroled on this date by Union Officers in Indian Territory and removed to Washington DC for the remainder of his life.  He embraced the Confederacy in the beginning, but fell victim to greed and power as he always did and whether the other leaders wanted it or not went over to the Union, leaving his fellow Cherokee without stability,  means or leadership to suffer through the rest of the Civil War. 

The so called capture and subsequent parole of Ross and his troops infuriated The Knights (the S. Rights group of Cherokee Masons..The Knights of the Golden Circle)   and embarrassed General Albert Pike.  Pike hoped Ross was truly captured and had not broken his oath.  He stated if Ross had betrayed them  "he is falser and more treacherous than I can ever believe him to be."

Major General Thomas Hindman, in his report to the Confederate department of war, observed:

     "The federal Indian expedition was moving from Fort Scott, and its advance had crossed the Cherokee line.  To meet this force, 5,000 strong, we had only the brave Stand Watie, with his faithful regiment of half-breed Cherokees; Drew's regiment of full-bloods, many of whom were disaffected, and Clarkson's battalion of Missourians, raised under my orders, and sent there at the urgent request of Watie and Drew. . . . This small command encountered the enemy and was defeated.  Clarkson was captured, with his train, and many of his men dispersed.  Except a small body under the gallant Capt. Pickens Benge, Drew's regiment deserted to the enemy.  With a courage never surpassed, Stand Watie still resisted.  On one occasion a portion of his regiment, under Major E. C. Boudinot,  repulsed the federal advance of fivefold greater strength.  But it was not possible to make head against such odds, and he was at length compelled to fall back beyond the Arkansas.  The full-bloods, or Pin Indians, now rose in rebellion and committed horrible excesses.  John Ross, the Cherokee chief, was pretendedly taken prisoner, but, as afterwards appeared, really went over to the enemy with the archives and money of the nation. "

When Emancipation came, Ross wasn't required to let his slaves go, like the Confederate Cherokee had to.  The Cherokee fought gallantly under the leadership of Brig.  General Stand Watie and Col. James Madison Bell for the Cherokee Nation under the promise from the Confederacy that they would be able to self rule as a sovereign state.  The Cherokee Braves carried their own battle flag.

From the Book "Jesus Wept" An American Story, Chapter 8 War and More War.

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A well-told story of American and Cherokee history. The writer uses letters, slave narratives and other sources to recreate the vivid story of important Cherokee families in the 1800's..from the Trail of Tears to the Civil War and beyond. Inside these pages you will meet the Cherokee Confederate General Stand Watie, his wife Sally Caroline Bell, the Ridges, Boudinots, Duprees and others, some who went to California during the Gold Rush, and some who became a part of the Cherokee community in Rusk County Texas known as Mount Tabor. We hear not only what it was like for these families, but what it was like for their African-American slaves, to live during the colonial expansion and raging civil war of the 19th century.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

"JESUS WEPT" An American Story

An American Story

of Struggle, Sacrifice, Faith and Hope

An Historical Novel
byJust Another Savage

Soon to be released

© 2008 All Rights Reserved

further information:

Adair, Bell, Benge, Boudinot, Bowles, Drew, Duncan, Dupree,
Fields, Kimbrell, Lynch, Martin,
Mayes, Murphy, O'Neal,
Ridge, Rogers, Ross, Starr, Vann, Watie, Worcester
Be sure to see the PBS Series, "WE SHALL REMAIN" which aired March, April, 2009

From PBS:

"Though the Cherokee embraced “civilization” and won recognition of tribal sovereignty in the U.S. Supreme Court, their resistance to removal from their homeland failed. Thousands were forced on a perilous march to Oklahoma."
My story is taken from documented records as well as family letters saved from the time. It's a story worth telling, if we understand how such political actions can and are repeating themselves in our current climate.

In the spring of 2009, the five part PBS Series, "WE SHALL REMAIN"
with their first Episode "After The Mayflower" was aired on national TV.
The Episode that got our attention, "Trail of Tears, aired April 27th, and is available on the PBS website, which featured "The Ridge", the Cherokee leader portrayed by the wonderful Wes Studi, and his clan who I wrote about in the book,
"Jesus Wept" An American Story.

Surprisingly, PBS did a fair job on their presentation, not overtaken
with the usual political correctness and historical rumor.
My story is taken from documented records as well as family letters saved from the time. It's a story worth telling, filled with political and historical intrigue.
It details the events surrounding the children of The Ridge Party
and what happens to a proud, educated, independent, Christian people who are not allowed to defend their borders.

Just Another Savage
'We Shall Remain': From Plymouth to Wounded Knee, a Tale of Survival

"The episodes devoted to Tecumseh and the Trail of Tears are the most emotionally powerful, and achieve the best balance between reenactment and standard documentary style. In "Trail of Tears," the third episode, distinguished Native American actor Wes Studi stars as Major Ridge, a prosperous Cherokee landholder who decided it was in the interest of his people, and his own prosperity, to give up an independent Cherokee homeland in the southern Appalachians in hopes of peace and resettlement in land west of the Mississippi. It is one of the most vile and shameful chapters in the history of U.S. relations with Native Americans, and Studi captures well the anguish of his conflicted character.

The filmmakers don't shy away from internal conflicts within native societies, and these conflicts were often exploited by outsiders. It was the Mohawks, loyal to the English, who turned on King Philip and defeated him. After Major Ridge, who owned black slaves and sent his son to boarding school in Connecticut, signed a desperate treaty with the Americans he was viewed as a traitor. He and his son were killed by their own people."

UPDATE 6/13/16


I have always been skeptical of the lineage from the Cherokee Tribe to my grandmother, LaVenia (Lou), who is supposed to be the granddaughter of 1/4 Cherokee, James Madison Bell. 
All of my relatives have no doubt or questions and regard the story as fact.  But there remain missing links; for instance,  her birth certificate, and that she was never enrolled with the Tribe.  
We were told she was not allowed to enroll by my grandfather who was prejudiced against the Indian. 

My years of research only added to the idea that they were correct in thinking she was Cherokee.   But without her birth certificate, I was not convinced.   Finally, against the wishes of my family, I had my DNA tested.   As I've always said, 'If I get a nosebleed, all the Cherokee blood is gone'.  I was right about that, and if there is any Native blood in me, it's only within the 1% range.   
We have never been able to solve the mystery of who Lou's father was and the only information we have is that he was supposed to be a German immigrant named Herrick who died when she was a toddler.   No one has ever offered us any proof as to his identity.   
As I said, every branch of the family believed us to be descendants of James M. Bell by way of his daughter Minnie Caroline Bell, who was supposed to give birth to Lou.  Lou even named her youngest daughter "Minnie".  
Lou's mother died when she was about 7 years old and this matches the death records of Minnie Caroline Bell.  In fact I've never been able to prove that Lou was not her child.
Whether or not that is true, I am so thankful that I learned the history of the Bell Family and the important part they had in Cherokee and American history.  It is an important story every American should know.

This is what I believe happened. 

Lou was orphaned, along with a younger brother George ( I have now found his descendants, and they know nothing)  when she was about 7 years old.   About this time the took the last name "GRAY".   She was taken into the home  (Whisenhunt) , as an indentured servant of a local family in St. Joe, Arkansas and remained with them until she married my grandfather at age 16.  He paid $100 to have her released from the family.  

 That family is indeed on the Dawes Rolls and was Cherokee.    
There are stories about Lou going to the reservation area of Telaquah, Oklahoma and playing with 'Indian' children.  She remembered her 'grandfather, James Madison Bell and being at his home.   She even spoke some Cherokee and said she attended some of their schools.  
I can imagine a 7 year old would think of the family she lived with as her family and also assumed their  'Grandpa' and her family was also her family.  It would have been the only family she really ever knew.   She had, as an adult, even been in contact with the Bell grandchildren, who remembered her as a cousin.   
I think Lou basically 'adopted'  the family she lived with, referring to their relatives as her own.  When the 8 or so children she had were grown and disbursed all over this nation, they still all told the same story.  Most still believe it as gospel, but I am still skeptical until I can locate ABSOLUTE proof of Lou's heritage.  I apologize to all in my family who are somewhat disappointed with me for bringing forth the DNA and other facts to try to solve this mystery.
Happily, the sections of the book dealing with my Mother's family, the Kimbrell/Oneal line is perfectly researched with no doubt of it's veracity.    As for the Cherokee heritage, I remain skeptical.
Thank you,
Billie Nix, aka Just Another Savage

WE are happy to look at ANY information you may have on the parentage our Grandmother Lou (Lavenia Gray, Herrick) Nix.
This photo is Lou, her husband Wm. Walter Nix and their children, c. 1906

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The events and places.......

The "Trail of Tears" various routes Circa 1838-1839

The Southern Cherokee and their neighbors, Circa 1837-1872

Rose Cottage, Plantation of Chief John Ross, Circa 1860, near Tahlequah, Indian Territory

The Charge of the 1st Iowa Regiment, under Union Gen. Lyon,
at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, near Springfield, Mo. Aug. 10th, 1861

And a few of the Characters.....

James Madison Bell, "Colo-Gotte-Yon", c. 1865

Sarah Caroline "Sally" Bell Watie

James Kornelius O'Neal, Circa 1865, Ft. Lewisburg, Arkansas, Union

Stand Watie Circa 1855

Photo: Artist rendering of Major Ridge, The Ridge, Cherokee leader.
"Far better it is to dare mighty dreams, to win glorious triumphs,
even though checkered by failure,
than to take the ranks with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in that gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat!" - Theordore Roosevelt