THE SHAWNEE NEWS
AUGUST 19, 1904
OKLAHOMA CLAIMS OLDEST SOLDIERS
Oklahoma claims the oldest Union soldier and the oldest living ex-Confederate soldier
in the United States; strange also is the fact that the first is an Indian, who
frequently bore arms against the government, and the second if a lifelong Whig and
Patriarch Fish is a Seminole Indian, 119 years of age. He draws a pension of $12 a
month for service in the Union army during the Civil War as a member of Company K, of
the Indian Home Guards. He enlisted in 1862 and was discharged during the following
year on account of age. Fish was born in Florida in 1785, and in 1811, on account
of his prominence in the tribe, was selected as one of the emissaries from Tecumseh
to treat with the British. He served with the British in the war of 1812 and fought
against General Jackson at New Orleans.
He also fought with Jackson in the wars whisch followed and participated in every
war intervening between the war of 1812 and the civil war.
Fish is preparing to visit with the old soldiers in reunion during the coming week
at Prague, in Eastern Oklahoma. A committee appointed for that purpose recently called
upon him and asked him to attend. He accepted with eagerness and interst and will
ride the thirty miles to Prague on horseback. Although very deaf and almost blind,
yet he is agile, and walks and rides as well as much younger men. His granddaughter
always acts as his interpreter.