Oklahoma Historical Society and the Friends of Honey Springs Battlefield will host the annual memorial event at 10:30 a.m. July 18, commemorating the Battle of Honey Springs.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a decision was made to hold the service virtually to ensure the safety of patrons and staff. Guests are invited to watch the memorial event online at www.facebook.com/honeysprings.
OHS Executive Director Dr. Bob Blackburn will be the featured speaker. He will look back on the preservation and development of the battlefield. Blackburn is retiring in January 2021 after a 40-year career with the OHS.
“The program will be broadcast on the Honey Springs Battlefield Facebook page starting at 10:30 a.m.,” said Adam Lynn, director of Honey Springs Battlefield. “We hope you will join us as we commemorate the battle in a new way during this unprecedented time. Because we are using this platform, even if you miss the program at 10:30 a.m. you can still enjoy the event by viewing it at a later time.”
The Battle of Honey Springs was the largest of more than 107 documented hostile encounters in Indian Territory.
The engagement took place on 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 about 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.
Honey Springs Battlefield is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.