Honey Springs Battlefield

The battle at Honey Springs Battlefield was the largest Civil War Battle in Oklahoma. It is located on the Texas Road and is about three thousand acres, or three thousand football fields. The springs were a stopping point for people traveling through Indian Territory to Texas as well as a supply depot for the Confederates. At this site the Union forces stopped the Confederates from intercepting a supply train on its way to Fort Gibson. The battle was one of the first mass Confederate battles against the Union in Indian Territory and enabled the Union to attack other forts. This battle is also one of the first in which African Americans were praised for their contribution.

Archaeologists have not excavated at this site, but they have surveyed the site and looked for evidence of artifacts and features. Limited excavations of the site have occurred to collect and examine artifacts and features located here.

Oklahoma Historical Society, website “Honey Springs Battlefield” http://www.okhistory.org/outreach/military/hsbattle.html. 2010.

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