Honey Springs Battlefield
423159 E 1030 Road
Checotah, OK 74426
Director: Adam Lynn
Tuesday through Saturday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For group tours contact Adam.Lynn@history.ok.gov.
(up to 6 people)
|Group Rate (10+)||$5/person|
Friends of Honey Springs Battlefield Members,
Children (under 6),
Veterans and Active Military (with ID)
Honey Springs Battlefield
History of Honey Springs
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 First 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 First Kansas Colored Volunteers, which was the first African American regiment in the Union army.
The Honey Springs Battlefield is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. Visit The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture to find out more about the Battle of Honey Springs.
- December 10, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
“On A Great Battlefield: The History of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1863-2022” presentation with Dr. Jennifer MurrayJanuary 28, 2023, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Visit the Historic Site
The Honey Springs Battlefield site includes more than 1,000 acres. Visitors can enjoy hiking and area wildlife while exploring the history of the Civil War in Indian Territory. Six walking trails with interpretive signs take visitors through the Union bivouac area; Union line of battle; the Texas regiment line of battle, which includes 1/8-mile of the original Texas Road; the battle at the bridge over Elk Creek; the final action; and Honey Springs and the Confederate supply depot. A Visitor Center features exhibits about the battle. Through artifacts, graphics, and narrative, the exhibits tell the rich history of the Battle of Honey Springs.
Honey Springs Battlefield is located east of US Highway 69 between Oktaha and Rentiesville. The new Visitor Center is located approximately one and a half miles east of US Highway 69 off of Gertrude Avenue. The GPS coordinates are 35.523556, -95.485119.
Battle of Honey Springs Reenactments
A reenactment of the Battle of Honey Springs is held biennially. The multi-day event begins with an Education Day for school groups, followed by weekend activities including presentations about the Civil War era. The battle reenactments are held on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can tour the reenactors’ camps and browse souvenirs, books, and reproductions of nineteenth-century military equipment and clothing on sutler's row. The next reenactment will take place in 2023.