2013 Honey Springs Battle Reenactment
November 8-10, 2013
The Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Honey Springs with a reenactment event November 8-10, 2013. The battle, fought July 17, 1863, was the most important engagement of the Civil War in Indian Territory.
Activities included battle reenactments featuring infantry, cavalry, and artillery; guided and self-guided tours of the camps; various demonstrations; living history programs; and sutlers.
About the Battle
The Battle of Honey Springs was the largest of more than 107 documented hostile encounters in the Indian Territory. The engagement took place 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.
As part of an overall war plan, Federal forces invaded Confederate held Indian Territory. The Confederates established a supply depot 20 miles southwest of Fort Gibson at Honey Springs and made plans to drive the Federals from the area.
Union forces not awaiting attack marched out from Ft. Gibson and engaged the Confederate forces resulting in a major engagement fought on July 17, 1863, at Honey Springs. The battle consisted of a combined total of 9,000 soldiers comprised of Native Americans, African Americans, and Anglo Americans. The Federal victory opened the way for occupation of Fort Smith and the later Union victories in the Red River Valley.
Honey Springs Battlefield
1863 Honey Springs Battlefield Rd.
Checotah, OK 74426-6301