Cowskin Prairie Chapter
Baxter Springs, Kansas - United Daughters of the Confederacy
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Confederate Cross of HonorCrosses for Watie's Men
June 24, 2018
Special Graves

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This project has been established to raise funds to purchase and place Confederate Iron Crosses, on the graves of some of Brigadier General Stand Watie’s men buried near him. These men being honored are buried with this distinguished Cherokee leader, in the Polson Cemetery.  On June 23, 1865, the general and his men, known as the Indian Brigade, laid down their arms at Fort Towson in what has been recognized as the final surrender in the War Between the States.

The Crosses are fashioned after the Southern Cross of Honor originally presented to Confederate soldiers and sailors for their service during the War Between the States. 

Funds raised for our project will cover costs for the purchase, delivery and setting of these crosses, at each appropriate grave.  Funds will also go towards cleaning each gravestone and purchasing proper flags for them. 

Those being honored with Confederate Iron Crosses, from this UDC Chapter, will include:

  • Lt. Col. James Madison Bell, 1826-1915

  • Major Josiah Woodward Washbourne, 1819-1871

  • Dr. William Davis Polson, 1830-1893, Asst Surgeon

  • Adj. Charles Edwin Watie, 1829-1877

  • Percy H. Washburne, 1848-1924

  • Pvt. Herman Ridge, 1833-1864

In 2015, a special ceremony was conducted by the Cowskin Prairie Chapter, UDC, at the cemetery, marking the 1865 event.  It was the last event of the American Sesquicentennial. A similar special dedication ceremony is planned for the culmination of this project, in the summer of 2018.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated!
Fredrea, Chairman

Identification of photos and additional information about Chapter events at this cemetery can be found on the following event mini-site: American Sesquicentennial

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