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Honey Springs Battlefield

1863 Honey Springs Battlefield Road

The Engagement at Honey Springs (called The Affair at Elk Creek by the Confederates) was the largest of more than 107 documented hostile encounters in the Indian Territory. The engagement took place on a rainy Friday, July 17, 1863, 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.

Cherokee and Creek regiments fought on both sides. There were approximately 9000 men involved, including other American Indians, veteran Texas regiments, and the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers (the first black regiment in the Union army).

The 1,100 acre site has six walking trails with a total of 55 interpretive signs; the trails are located at (1) the Union bivouac area, (2) the Union line of battle, (3) the Texas' regiments line of battle [which includes 1/8-mile of the original Texas Road], (4) the battle at the bridge [over Elk Creek], (5) the final action, and (6) Honey Springs [the Confederate supply depot].

Much of what we know about the American Civil War is derived from actual reports and correspondence made by officers involved in the conflict. In the years following the war a committee comprised mostly of former Union and Confederate colonels selected documents from those saved in Richmond and Washington files to be published in a 128 volume document entitled The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Here are the reports pertaining to the Engagement at Honey Springs, Indian Territory.


Heather Alverson

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
I fear that there are vandals moving the headstones & grave markers in the woods next to Willard Stones' old house. My family happened across a campfire ring made from grave marker stones while we were hiking. Some of the graves look sunken in like they may have been opened at some point, or possibly soil settling over time, but the graves' headstones & markers have definitely been disturbed. I myself cried from the sight of pure disrespect & disregard for this apparently forgotten cemetery. R.I.P. Frosty Robinson (dates worn), Tire Fullsom (Died Feb. 16, 1890; aged 50 years) & the other marked & unmarked unnamed graves.

Candi Irvan

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
Went for the free Friday education day before the Saturday re-enactment and it was fantastic. This event only happens every other year but defiantly worth your time. Maps, Guns, Music, cannons, black smith, Laundress and more on hand to learn about.


Saturday, June 30, 2018
Wonderful site run by wonderful people.

Jodie Hodges

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
We called and we're able to get a personal tour of the museum and the several trails. Beautiful fall outing!

Dudley Barnwell

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
Great venue. Lots of free parking.good show, lots of actors.

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