1419 West Okmulgee Avenue,
Muskogee, Oklahoma, Oct. 29, 1928
At the regular meeting of the Board on May first last, action was taken by which I was requested to compile the available data in the War Department at Washington concerning the Indians of the Five Civilized Tribes who served in the Confederate Army, and funds were provided for the purpose.
I thereupon made an investigation and preliminary survey of the records containing this information in the office of the Adjutant General. The original records containing these names are the old muster rolls and pay rolls; they have become so fragile and difficult to handle that the War Department has had them all copied on other records so that each individual appears on a separate card together with all the information they have about him.
After securing the necessary permission to have the work done I had a force organized for the purpose; employes of the division where these records are found, were permitted by the chief clerk to take a number of days each from their annual leave and work for me; they worked days, nights, Sundays, and Memorial Day, and as there were in all eighteen people engaged in the work the greater part of it was completed in two weeks’ time. But I discovered before the work had progressed very far, the importance of having it checked very carefully by persons who were better acquainted with the records than some of the copyists. And Mr. Winfred Beck, head of the division, with seven other people to assist him, checked the work and turned it back to the copyists for correction, so that the result I feel sure is an accurate piece of work that can be relied upon by any one wishing to consult it.
Mr. Beck subsequently wrote me as follows:
“A number of southern states have obtained copies of Confederate records from this office, but none has as complete a record as yours.
“Virginia spent in excess of $5,000 in photostating the
muster rolls of Virginia C. S. A. organizations, but she has not the data from hospital records, reports of casualties, correspondence and orders, record books of the Confederate Adjutant General’s Office and other bureaus and many other classes of records; nor is her material grouped alphabetically as is yours.”
“Your roster is compiled from all of the above classes.”
In addition to the features mentioned by Mr. Beck, my work shows in some organizations, the place where the soldier enlisted, his age, personal description, etc. After I returned home I found it desirable to have some of the pages rewritten, as abbreviations had been employed to such an extent that they would present considerable difficulty to a person not familiar with their meaning; this in turn entailed considerable correspondence with the War Department.
I submit herewith the result of my work, which I have arranged to be bound in two volumes; in order to get the tabulation on a sheet I had paper specially cut larger than the usual typewriter size. On about seven hundred pages, there are between twelve and thirteen thousand names, classified in sixteen regiments and other organizations.