Lt. David Moniac, 6th U.S. Infantry, West Point class of 1822 was Alabama's first graduate and West Point's first native-American graduate. West Point archives still has two letters from his kinsman-mentor, War of 1812 defender of Mobile, Col. Gilbert Christian Russel, Sr., asking that David be admitted. Col. Russell and his wife, Mrs Margaret Hollinger Russell are my ancestors; her step-mother, Mrs Elizabeth Moniac Hollinger, was David's sister, the children of Chief Samuel Moniac, Sr. Mrs. Russell's mother, Mme. Marie Josephine Juzan Hollinger, entombed behind Mobile's public library was 1/8th Kaskaskia, my tribe.
Maj. David Moniac, Alabama Mounted (dragoons) Creek Volunteers in U.S. service, 2nd Seminole War, was killed leading his troop at the Battle of Wahoo Swamp, Florida, over 50 bullets in his corps. His new U.S. government memorial stone at nearby Bushnell Nat. Cemetery, quotes David's commanding officer, Gen, Jesup, that David was "As brave as any man who has picked up a sword and faced an enemy". As Chief Moniac alledgedly use to often tell Gen. Jackson who coined it "O.K.", I say goodby, "Okey".