Black Dog- Chief Of The Osage Indians And Confederate Soldier
Black Dog II 1827-1910
1876 (note: battle axe) (14-years after he was Captain of Company B
1st Osage Battalion, C.S.A. Confederate States of America
fought two battles in NW Arkansas during the Civil War)
During the Civil War, Black Dog and many of the Osage Indians joined the Confederate States Army. While other Osage Indians joined the 9th Kansas Volunteers as Union supporters, but they were determined to be too wild and untrainable for military service. They were then discharged from Kansas military service. In 1861 about 50 Osage Indians joined Colonel Tom Livingston’s Missouri Home Guards and fought with General Price at Wilsons Creek.
Black Dog and some of his tribe joined the 1st Osage Battalion, C.S.A. around 1862 whose commander was Major Broke Arm. This military unit was composed of three companies. He served as a Captain of Company B. Military records are incomplete on their activities, but its believed that this unit was involved at Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove.
He was elected Principal Chief of the Osages in 1880 and died in 1910. A creek near Hominy is named Black Dog Creek and a township in Tulsa County , Oklahoma, is named Black Dog Township.
Black Dog died around 68 years old. He was reported to be about 6ft’ 2, and weighed around 220 pounds. He had several sons and daughters. None of his sons survived to manhood.