Category: Cherokee Lighthorsemen

Categories: Lighthorsemen of Indian Territory | Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory


In 1797, the Cherokees created organizations called "regulating companies" to deal with horse theft and other property crimes. The regulating companies were a mounted tribal police force, empowered to enforce tribal laws. They began to be called "Lighthorsemen" in the 1820s. One author asserted that the Cherokees took the force's name from General Henry "Lighthorse Harry" Lee, who got the nickname because his cavalry moved so quickly.

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12 Mar 1859 Sweettown, Indian Territory, Oklahoma - 25 May 1929 photo
08 Aug 1852 Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, United States - 17 Dec 1886
10 Aug 1842 - 21 Mar 1929




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