Colonel Daniel Newnan McIntosh
By Donald A. Wise
Daniel Newnan McIntosh was born in Georgia on 20 September 1822, son of Susannah Coe and William McIntosh (1778-1825), Principal Chief of the Lower Creeks. Daniel was named after General Daniel Newnan of the Georgia Militia. Daniel McIntosh was part Scotch, Cherokee and Creek Indian and the youngest son of William McIntosh. Daniel was brought up in the ways of his people and he attended Smith Institute in Tennessee.
In 1828 he came by boat with the McIntosh family and other Creek Indian families such as the Perrymans, Porters, and Winsletts to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). They landed at Fort Gibson and settled on lands between the Verdigris and Grand Rivers. The McIntoshs’ were counted among the wealthiest and most influential leaders in the Creek Nation before the War. Daniel's first wife was Elsie Otterlifter, a Cherokee descended from the famous Nancy Ward. They had two daughters: Arseno, born about 1844 and Susanna, born about 1846.
Daniel N. McIntosh married Jane Ward and they had six children: Albert Gallatin (1848-1915), Lucy A. (1850- ? ), Freeland Buckner (1852-1914), Roley (Cub) (1858- ? ), Daniel N. Jr. (1862-1936) and Sarah Susanna (1867- ? ). Upon the demise of his wife, he married Winnie (Canard?) and they had one son: Charles. Later, he married Emma Belle Gawler in 1874 in Washington, D.C. They had following eight children: Zolena, born 1873; Zenophen, born 1875; Etta, born 1878; Mondese, born 1880; Lulu Noka, born 1882; Waldo Emerson born circa 1885; William Yancey, born 1889; and Kaniah, born 1892.
At the outbreak of the War Between the States (Civil War), Daniel N. McIntosh organized and served as a Colonel of the 1st Creek Mounted Volunteers (later known as the First Creek Cavalry Regiment, C.S.A.). Daniel's brother, Chilly McIntosh, organized and served as a Colonel of the 2nd Creek Mounted Volunteers (later known as the Second Creek Cavalry Regiment, C.S.A.) which was under the administrative command of Daniel N. McIntosh. Daniel was in the act of organizing the 3rd Creek Cavalry Regiment, C.S.A., which would have entitled him to the rank of Brigadier General in the Confederate Army. But Colonel D. N. McIntosh was not afforded this recognition because of the confusion in the Confederate Congress at the time and the event of the War's end. Eight members of the McIntosh family served in Colonel McIntosh's Regiment.
His Regiment fought in the following battles: Round Mountain, Chusto-Talasah (Shoal Creek), Chustenahlah, Pea Ridge, Old Fort Wayne, Honey Springs and Cabin Creek. Colonel McIntosh's Regiment was one of General Stand Watie's units having the distinction of being one of the last Confederate military units to surrender to Union military forces on 23 June 1865 near Doaksville, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.
After the war, McIntosh represented the Creek Nation as a delegate signing the Creek Treaty of 1866. He served frequently as a tribal delegate to Washington, D.C. He became a successful farmer, stockman and landholder. During his lifetime, he had held every office except Principal Chief of the Creek Nation.
Daniel N. McIntosh died on 10 April 1895 at his farm near Fame, Indian Territory. He was buried at Fame Cemetery not far from his home in McIntosh County, Oklahoma. He was a charter member of Eufaula Lodge, A.F. and A.M.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans established the Colonel Daniel N. McIntosh Camp Number 1378, Oklahoma Division, Army of the Trans-Mississippi, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1975. It continues to be one of the outstanding SCV Camps in Oklahoma, and publishes “The Round Mountain Report”, a monthly newsletter.
McIntosh "Coat of Arms" and "Crest Badge"
The above marker incorrectly lists his death as 1896, it should read 1895
Colonel McIntosh’s Grave
Fame Cemetery, McIntosh Co., OK