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By Garric123 on December 3, 2011
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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.

For anyone who wants to know more about Cherokee or American history, this is a fascinating read, rich with detail and told in a lively, engaging style. 
Initial post: Jul 6, 2014 11:13:39 AM PDT
Watie B. says:
I AGREE WITH REVIEW BY GARRIC123, no need to write any more
This is about my ancestors..............
Watie Bell in Bartlesville, OK 

Monday, July 14, 2008

"JESUS WEPT" An American Story

An American Story

of Struggle, Sacrifice, Faith and Hope

An Historical Novel
Just 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."

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

Saturday, May 24, 2008

"Jesus Wept" An American Story

More of the characters in the story.

Dr. William and Charlotte Bell Dupree

Saladin Ridge Watie, shortly before his death c. 1870

Headstone of John Bell Jr. found in the bottom of an oil barrell c. 1930 near what was the community of Mount Tabor, Texas. He died in 1852.
The cemetery was destroyed by oil drillers.
Elias "Cornelius" Boudinot, c. 1870

Treaty of the Birds

An American Story

of Struggle, Sacrifice, Faith and Hope


All Rights Reserved © 2008 JustAnotherSavage

ISBN 978-0-615-26100-3
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Southern Cherokee delegation to Washington D. C. Fall 1866
L -R , John Rollin Ridge, Saladin Ridge Watie, Richard Fields,
Elias Cornelius Boudinot, William Penn Adair