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.