Honey Springs Battlefield
(July 17th, 1863)
Battle of Honey Springs was the greatest battle fought in Indian Territory
during the Civil War. The July 17th, 1863 battle was the climax of a
Federal and Confederate campaign to take control of the Indian Territory of
modern Oklahoma. The battle pitted C.S. General Douglas Cooper and his
6,000 Texans and allied Indian soldiers against U.S. General James Blunt and his
3,000 Union troops, including the famed 1st Kansas Colored Infantry, the
all-black regiment which had so valiantly defeated the Confederates three weeks
earlier at Cabin Creek.
Honey Springs Battlefield is located in Eastern Oklahoma, in the town of Rentiesville, off of Interstate 40. Follow signs to battlefield.
Honey Springs Battlefield Park, administered by the Oklahoma State Historical Society, commemorates the main fighting of the battle on and near the Elk Creek. Near the small parking lot is a covered informatory panel which explains the battle, and near it are 5 monuments erected by various interest groups to honor the different soldiers who fought at the battle: one monument honors the "Five Civilized Tribes," or those Indian tribes who chose to fight for the Union; other monuments honor the colored soldiers and Texas troops who fought in the battle. Beyond the panel and monuments are unmarked fields and prairies which played a significant role in the battle. Plans to further develop the battlefield and build a visitor's center are in place.