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Honey Springs Battlefield
1863 Honey Springs Battlefield Rd.
Checotah, OK 74426-6301
Director: Christopher A. Price

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Visitor's Center Hours
Due to staff reductions, the Visitor's Center hours may vary.
Battlefield Hours
Tue - Sat9am to 5pm
Free Admission
Sunday, Monday & State Holidays

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National Historic Landmark
National Register of Historic Places

Honey Springs Battlefield

The Engagement at Honey Springs (called 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 9000 men involved, including other American Indians, veteran Texas regiments, and the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers (the first black regiment in the Union army).

The 1,100 acre site has six walking trails with a total of 55 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. Here are the reports pertaining to the Engagement at Honey Springs, Indian Territory. View the report - PDF 90kb

Locate Us

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

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Civil War Symposium Examines Sherman’s March to the Sea

Tuesday, June 24, at the University of Science and Arts
Dr. Joseph Glatthaar is scheduled to deliver the keynote address for the third Summer History Symposium beginning at 7:30 p.m. June 24 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium at the University of Science and Arts.

The event is free and open to the public.

Glatthaar is a Stephenson Distinguished Professor and teaches American military history to both undergraduate and graduate students at the University of North Carolina.

His keynote address will focus on General William Tecumseh Sherman’s innovative March to the Sea (also known as the Savannah campaign) that saw his armies moving deep within enemy territory without adequate supply lines in order to break the Southern will and capacity to continue the war.

This scorched-earth campaign that fed his armies by ravaging the countryside brought a new level of brutality to the Southern front that continues to resonate down through the generations.

Glatthaar is the author of several books including The March to the Sea and Beyond: Sherman’s Troops in the Savannah and Carolinas Campaigns; Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and their White Officers; Partners in Command: Relationships Between Leaders in the Civil War; The Civil War in the West, 1863-65; Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians in the American Revolution; General Lee’s Army: From Victory to Collapse; and Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia.

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is located at 1727 West Alabama Avenue, Chickasha, Oklahoma 73018.