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Battle of Honey Springs Memorial Service

July 13, 10:30 a.m.

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Honey Springs Battlefield will hold its annual memorial service honoring the 161st anniversary of the Battle of Honey Springs near Checotah on Saturday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m.

The memorial service will be held outside on the lawn of the visitor center. The program’s speaker list is forthcoming.

The service commemorates the largest of approximately 107 documented Civil War military engagements throughout Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma. The engagement took place at the Honey Springs settlement, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, on July 17, 1863, just two weeks after the famous Battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg. Approximately 9,000 Union and Confederate troops, mostly Native 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.

For more information regarding the memorial service and Honey Springs Battlefield call 918-617-7125. You can also email honeysprings@history.ok.gov or adam.lynn@history.ok.gov.


July 13
10:30 a.m.
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Honey Springs Battlefield
423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426