Battle of Honey Springs Memorial Event
July 17, 10:30 a.m.
A memorial service marking 158 years to the day of the Honey Springs Civil War engagement will be held outside on the lawn of the Honey Springs Battlefield visitor center on July 17. Welcome and opening remarks will be given by Adam Lynn, the Honey Springs Battlefield site manager. A presentation of colors by the color guard will precede an invocation that will be given by Reverend Mark Watson of the United Methodist Church in Checotah. Trait Thompson, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) will present memorial remarks, followed by speaker David Fowler who is the Northeast Regional Director of OHS.
Following the program, the color guard will retire the colors. The Friends of Honey Springs Battlefield will host its annual meeting following the retiring of the colors. Battlefield tours will be given by students from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) at the conclusion of the program. To learn more about the USAO Guided Tours, click here to view all USAO tours in June and July on the OHS website calendar.
The service commemorates the largest of approximately 107 documented Civil War military engagements throughout Indian Territory, in present-day Oklahoma. The engagement took place on July 17, 1863, just two weeks after the famous Battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg. Approximately 9,000 Union and Confederate troops, mostly American Indians and African Americans, were involved in the Battle of Honey Springs. Of those, approximately 200 total casualties were suffered. After a decisive Union victory, Confederates lost control of Indian Territory north of the Arkansas River. The Union victory also ensured Federal control of Fort Gibson in Indian Territory and Fort Smith in Arkansas.