Battlefield Dispatches No. 198: ‘Remembering Forgotten Warriors’

This column is devoted to a description of the “3″ Indian Home Guard Regiments from Kansas during the Civil War. One might think that their regimental designation indicates that they were organized to protect their homes in Kansas, but this was not the case. These regiments, for the most part, consisted on Indian refugees who were driven from their homes in what is now “Eastern Oklahoma” into Kansas. The 1st & 2nd Regiment of I. H. G.’s were recruited by Brigadier General James Henry Lane in the winter of 1861 and 1862 and promised that if they would Join the “Union” Army & they would be part of a campaign to return them to their homes from which they had been driven.

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