Honey Springs Battlefield
423159 E 1030 Road
Checotah, OK 74426
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Honey Springs Battlefield is an historic site in Checotah, OK, where one of the largest documented battles took place during the American Civil War. The Battlefield includes over 1,000 acres and is listed on the National Register of Historic places and is a National Historic Landmark.
The historic Civil War battle took place in Indian Territory on Friday, July 17, 1863. It was a rainy day when Commander James G. Blunt of the First Division Army of the Frontier and Brigadier General Douglas H. Cooper of the Confederate Indian Brigade met for battle. Creek and Cherokee regiments battle each other from both sides. The battle involved over 9,000 men and included veteran Texas regiments, American Indians, and the First Kansas Colored Volunteers – the first African American regiment in the Union army.
Explore the surrounding wildlife on one of six hiking trails with interpretive signs that take you through key areas of the battle: the Union bivouac area; the Texas regiment line of battle which includes 1/8-mile of the original Texas Road; the Union line of battle; Honey Springs and the Confederate depot supply line of battle; and the final action – the battle at the bridge over Elk Creek. The Visitors Center provides exhibits that teach the history of the Battle of Honey Springs through graphics, narrative and artifacts.
Reenactments of the original 1863 Battle of Honey Springs are held biannually. The event is kicked off with an Education Day for school groups on Friday, then followed with activities, presentations about the Civil War era and reenactments on Saturday and Sunday. Camps are set up for visitors to experience the life of a soldier during the Civil War. Souvenirs are available for purchase and include nineteenth center military reproductions and books.
The Honey Springs Battlefield can be appreciated by all ages and is kid friendly, allowing the entire family an opportunity to learn more about the American Civil War in a beautiful historic war site where there is abundant wildlife lush scenery.
More about the Battle of Honey Springs tours and reenactments can be found here on the Oklahoma Historical Society website.