From top of his class at Kentucky Military Institute to owner of The Indian Champion.

major bill

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In the winter issue of the Military Collectors & Historians, Shane McLatchey has an article, Capt. James Stirman Standley III, which I found interesting.

Captain Standley's father had attended the Choctaw Academy in Scott County, Kentucky, and became a successful plantation. He sent his son off to the Kentucky Military Institute where he graduated first in his class.

James Stirman Standley III served in the Carrollton's Carroll Rifles, 11th Mississippi Regiment of Volunteers. He later served on General Bee's staff and other Civil War assignments.

Post war he moved to Oklahoma, worked as a lawyer, and
championed Choctaws interests., serving 25 years on the Choctaw Council.

An online web search will provide limited information about him, so I enjoyed McLatchey's article about him.
 

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Standley published the so-called Standley Code of the Choctaw Nation,
the final comprehensive compilation of Choctaw laws and legislation published before the passage of the Oklahoma Organic Act of 1890, which merged the Oklahoma and Indian territories into the State of Oklahoma. (Independent Choctaw government ended in 1906.) It contains texts of the constitution and an amendment of 1883, revised statutes and treaties with the United States of 1837, 1855 and 1866.

Here's his picture from Find a Grave:
Standley, James Stirman.jpg


Interestingly, his Find a Grave entry opens with "Civil War hero". From the text that follows - and like you said, @major bill - he served mostly on various staff positions, less on the front lines. He was wounded in the Battle of Seven Pines, so much so that he lost use of his right arm and therefore had to resign from army service. Not to diminish his war record, but I'm not seeing why he would be called a hero. Did the article say something about Standley that made his Civil War service stand out?
 

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The article did not seem to use the term hero. Much of the article was about his service to the Choctaw people.
 



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