Col. W. H. Thomas
from Jackson, North Carolina
, has at the service of the State
one of the most remarkable bodies of men in the country.
It is a company of 200 Cherokee Indians
, organized for battle, and styled the “Junaluske Zouaves.”
It appears that Col. Thomas
, who is the business agent of the Cherokees, lately called a council of the Indians, and explained to them the condition of the country.
The chiefs discussed the matter, and said, after consultation, that although they did not understand the national difficulty, they did know North Carolina
would stand by her. They were ready for any position in her defence.
This is most remarkable.
Out of a nation of 1,500, they muster 200 warriors for the defence of North Carolina
are expert riflemen.
They know nothing of military tactics, but show them their work, and then they have only to be told when to cease fighting.
They fight their own way, and every man for himself.
The “Zouaves” are ready at a moment's notice.--Charleston News, May 10