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Honey Springs Battlefield

101601 South 4232 Road
Checotah, OK 74426
918-473-5572
honeysprings@okhistory.org
Staff: Andrew Slaucitajs

Temporarily closed to the public.

Use of drones over Oklahoma Historical Society property is not permitted without written approval of the facility director.

National Historic Landmark
National Register of Historic Places



The Honey Springs Battlefield is temporarily closed to the public.

The county is resurfacing Honey Springs Battlefield Road and replacing the bridge by the monuments. Construction on the Visitor Center is nearing completion, and work is beginning on the exhibits. Please check back with us for updates on the road construction and progress on the Visitor Center.

Battlefield History

The Engagement at Honey Springs, known as the Affair at Elk Creek by the Confederates, was the largest of more than 107 documented hostile encounters in the Indian Territory. The engagement took place on a rainy Friday, July 17, 1863, between the 1st Division, Army of the Frontier, commanded by Maj. Gen. James G. Blunt, and the Confederate Indian Brigade led by Brig. Gen. Douglas H. Cooper.

Cherokee and Creek regiments fought on both sides. There were approximately 9,000 men involved including American Indians, veteran Texas regiments, and the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers, which was the first African American regiment in the Union army.

The 1,100 acre site has six walking trails with a total of fifty-five interpretive signs; the trails are located at (1) the Union bivouac area, (2) the Union line of battle, (3) the Texas' regiments line of battle (which includes 1/8-mile of the original Texas Road), (4) the battle at the bridge (over Elk Creek), (5) the final action, and (6) Honey Springs (the Confederate supply depot).

Much of what we know about the American Civil War is derived from actual reports and correspondence made by officers involved in the conflict. In the years following the war a committee comprised mostly of former Union and Confederate colonels selected documents from those saved in Richmond and Washington files to be published in a 128 volume document entitled The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. View the report (PDF)

Visit The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture to find out more about the Battle of Honey Springs.

Location

The Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site is located east of US Highway 69 between Oktaha and Rentiesville.


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