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Bell Watie

Obituary of L. B. Bell, Vinita, Oklahoma.

Col. L. B. (Hoolie) Bell died at home in Vinita, Okla., following an illness of several weeks. "Hoolie" Bell, as he was generaly known in the Cherokee Nation, had many friends who were deeply grieved by his death. He was born in the Cherokee Nation and played a prominent part in its history, being one of the most influential men in its councils. A lawyer by profession, he early became prominent in Cherokee politics and was sent by his Nation to Washington many times to look after the interests of his people.

"Hoolie" Bell served in the War between the States as colonel on Gen. Stand Watie's staff in the Confederate army and his record was one of which to be proud. So highly was he held in regard by the Daughters of the Confederacy that the Nowata Chapter was organized it bore his name and is known as the L. B. (Hoolie) Bell Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy. The Chapter invited Colonel Bell to attend a meeting in Nowata last fall and address the members, but at the time he was ill and unable to go.

In response to their expressions of sympathy, sent with a gift of flowers, he expressed his appreciation and referred to the honor they had paid him in naming their Chapter for him, concluding; "The purpose and intent of your order is a noble one, to perpetuate the memory of our gallant dead and to render service and consolation to the living ones of our old Confederacy. May you be true to that purpose and be the means of bringing peace and joy into the darkened lives of many a man and woman of the Old South!"

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1915.

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