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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 26, 1861

Battle of Chustenahlah

The Battle of Chustenahlah took place in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma.) In the engagement, Confederate troops attacked a group of Seminole and Creek Indians loyal to the Union, defeating them and eventually driving them all the way to Kansas. Stand Watie, a Cherokee born in Georgia and fighting for the South, was involved in the pursuit of the defeated Indians.