Blog: HISTORY: THE WHAT IFs THAT MAKE FICTION IN TWO WOLVES DANCING

FACT WOVEN INTO FICTION

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Albert Einstein, The World As I See It.

          History provides the greatest events to spark the imagination. Two Wolves Dancing is a work of fiction that asks: “What if Davis sent part of the Confederate treasure west to Texas? What might happen to the lives and descendants of the men commissioned to transport that treasure?”

       There are hundreds of non-fiction books written about the American Civil War, the Cherokee Indian tribes, and the actors driving the drama of one of our nation’s defining moments. Here are a few excellent resources for those interested in learning more about the U.S. Civil War, lives of the Cherokee Indians, Italians in American history and the legends of the lost treasure of Confederate gold. 

BOOKS:

Children of Columbus, An Informal History of the Italians in the New World

Amfitheatrof, Erik, Little Brown and Company – Boston – Toronto, 1973 

The Civil War and Jefferson Davis

Cooper, William Jr. Jefferson Davis, American, Vintage Civil War Library, A division of Random House, Inc. New York. 2001.  pgs 564 – 574 

Cherokee History

Conver, Clarissa, W. The Cherokee Nation in the Civil War. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman Publishing Division. 1995

Battle Cry of Freedom

McPherson, James. Oxford University Press, 198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, 1988

ARTICLES:

Cherokee Beliefs About Owls

http://classroom.synonym.com/cherokee-beliefs-owls-5634.html,  2015

Living in an Ancient Cherokee Village.

http://www.cnhistoryonine.org/index.php.2012-05-08-15-37-9/spotlight-on-culture-and-… 2015 

The Legends of Confederate Gold

http://www.coinweek.com/featured-news/the-1861-dahlonega-half-eagle/

https://southernsentinel.wordpress.com/the-lost-confederate-treasure/ The Lost Confederate Treasure

http://georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/history-archaeology/confederate-gold

http://www.williamrawlings.com/magazineconfederatetreasure.html 

Italians in American History

FACT: There were comparatively few Italians in America before the late 18th century. In addition to the aforementioned book, see:

http://civilwartalk.com/threads/italians-in-civil-war.112192/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_American

FACT: Davis fled Richmond Virginia with the approach of the Union Army and took the remaining gold and treasure from the bank. The exact amount taken is unknown.

FACT: Davis and his cabinet and military did take treasure from the Richmond Bank upon their departure. It was guarded by Midshipmen of the Navy.

FACT: In 1831 the United States Supreme Court t ruled: The Cherokee Nation was sovereign. Thus, according to Justice John Marshall, Georgia had no rights to enforce state laws in its territory. In addition, it made the Indian Removal Act invalid, illegal, unconstitutional and against treaties previously made by the United States. President Jackson refused to uphold the ruling of this case, and directed the expulsion of the Cherokee nation, stating that “Justice Marshall made his decision. Let him enforce it.” The relocation moved 15,000 Indians from their homes to what is now the State of Oklahoma. It cost 4,000 Indian lives on the Trail of Tears.

FACT: The Civil War split the Cherokee Nation as it split the rest of the United States. The Cherokee endured attacks by both the North and the South throughout the war.

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