Civil War Volunteers Named Austin in
Cherokee, Choctaw and Chickasaw Confederate Regiments

Approximately 20,000 Native Americans served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War, many of them rising to the highest ranks. They volunteered for service in an attempt to gain favor for supporting the war effort, while at the same time, hoping to end discrimination and forced relocation from their native lands to the western territories. 

This list was compiled by Helen Cook Austin in 2011 from a search for Volunteer Confederate Troops with the surname Austin. Soldiers were in Regiments of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Cherokee Native Americans (1).

Name

Rank

Co.

Regiment

Other

Age

Remarks

Amalatub Austin

Pvt.

 

1st Chickasaw Infantry

Gregg’s Company

 

Enlisted 1863 at Talequah Creek Nation for 3 years.

Benjamin Austin

Pvt.

 F

1st Choctaw Mounted. Rifles

Capt. Ok-la-bi’s Company

 

Wounded at Newtonia, MO Sep 30, 1862.

Daniel Austin

Pvt.

D

1st Choctaw Mounted Rifles

A. Musician (2)
Co. E. 1862

17

Enlisted at Buck Creek Camp, Creek Nation, 1861 to Jun 30, 1863.

Elijah Austin

Pvt.

E

2nd Cherokee Mounted Rifles

AWOL
Jun 22-30, 1863

 

Enlisted 1862 Ft. Smith to 1863. Died before 1900 at Starkville, MS.

G. W. Austin

Pvt.

 

1st Chickasaw Infantry

Hansell’s
Comapny

 

Enlisted 1863 at Talequah, Creek Nation for 3 years.

Henry Austin

Pvt.

G

1st Choctaw Mounted Rifles

Capt. C. E. Nelson’s Company

 

Paid for clothing Aug 13, 1862.

Jacob Austin

Pvt.

F

1st Choctaw & Chickasaw Volunteers

Edward Dwight

20

Enlisted 1861 Buck Creek Camp for 1 year.

Lewis Austin

2nd Lt.

F

1st Cherokee Mounted Rifles

Capt Ok-la-bi’s Company

 

At Ft. McCullough Jun 21, 1862, Clothing Nov 1862.

Stephen Austin

Pvt.

K

1st Choctaw Mounted Rifles

Capt. E. Gardner’s Company

 

Paid $25 for clothing.

William B. Austin (3)

 

E

2nd Cherokee Mounted Rifles

Col Stand Wartie

35

Enlisted at Ft. Smith, AR 1862 (mustered?) out Jun 30, 1863

Notes:

(1) These soldiers could be ancestors or relatives of some of the Native Americans found on the AFAOA website: Native Americans, Helen C. Austin, Compiler (see also on this page the link to the Dawes Report).

(2) "A Musician" appears in the record, and refers to Daniel's role in Company E. See Austin Civil War Volunteers with the following entry: "Austin, Daniel; 1st Choctaw & Chickasaw Mtd. Rifles, 2nd Co. D, 3rd Co. E Music."

(3) William Bryant Austin, born 11 Jun 1827 in Bedford, TN, son of Willis, died 1855 Benton, AR is a member of the AFAOA database William and Ruth Austin of North Carolina. Further details on this family can be obtained by clicking on this link, or contacting the compiler Richard C. Austin.

Sources

1) The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database of the National Park Service.

2) Compiled Service Records for some of the soldiers are available at fold3.com.