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Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site

101601 S 4232 Road
Checotah, OK 74426
918-473-5572
honeysprings@okhistory.org
GPS coordinates:
35.523556
-95.485119
Director: Adam Lynn

Park and Trail Hours
Tuesday–Saturday
9 am to 5 pm

For group tours contact alynn@okhistory.org or jdavis@okhistory.org.

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


Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site

Battlefield History

The Engagement at Honey Springs was the largest of more than 107 documented hostile encounters in Indian Territory. The engagement took place on a rainy Friday, July 17, 1863, between the 1st Division, Army of the Frontier, commanded by Major General James G. Blunt, and the Confederate Indian Brigade led by Brigadier General 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.

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 published in a 128-volume set 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.

Visit the Historic Site

The 1,100-acre site has six walking trails with fifty-five interpretive signs. The trails are located at:

  1. The Union bivouac area
  2. The Union line of battle
  3. The Texas's 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
  6. Honey Springs and the Confederate supply depot

Location

The Visitor Center will open to the public in fall of 2017. Honey Springs Battlefield is located east of US Highway 69 between Oktaha and Rentiesville. The new Visitor Center is located approximately 1.5 miles east of US Highway 69 off of Gertrude Avenue. The GPS coordinates are: 35.523556, -95.485119.