Checotah, OK — Dr. Clint Crowe, Oklahoma professor and newly published author of the book “Caught in the Maelstrom: The Indian Nations in the Civil War,” will present a program based on his new book about the history of American Indian nations in the Civil War at Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center on Saturday, January 25, at 1 p.m.

“Caught in the Maelstrom” chronicles the often overlooked experiences of the Five Tribes—the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole—during America’s Civil War. From 1861–1865, the Indians fought their own bloody civil war on lands surrounded by Kansas, Arkansas and Texas. The book reveals the complexity and the importance of this war within a war, and explains how it affected the surrounding states in the Trans-Mississippi West and the course of the war that engulfed the country. Crowe’s well-written study is grounded in a plethora of archival resources—newspapers, diaries, letter collections and other accounts.

Dr. Clint Crowe is assistant professor of history and political science at Tulsa Community College. He performed his doctoral studies under Dr. Daniel Sutherland at the University of Arkansas, and began this work as his master’s thesis under Dr. Brad Agnew at Northeastern State University at Tahlequah, Okla. “Caught in the Maelstrom” is based on his dissertation, and is his first book.

For more information regarding the presentation and Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center, please email or, or call 918-473-5572. Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center is located east of U.S. Highway 69 between Oktaha and Checotah. The Visitor Center is located on a hill in close proximity to the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame in Rentiesville. Take the second left after reaching the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame Museum (driving from the west).

Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit