Home LifestyleOklahoma History Historic Battle of Honey Springs

Historic Battle of Honey Springs


On July 17, 1863, two Civil War armies met on a battlefield near present-day Checotah.

The Northern army had two advantages. They had 12 pieces of heavy artillery, but more importantly, they had a unit of the First Kansas Colored Infantry composed of African Americans fighting for freedom. The Southern army, consisting primarily of Indian troops, had only four pieces of artillery. With a “rebel yell” the Confederates charged, but the members of the First Kansas held their lines and won the battle.

On one day, in one place, men risked their lives for a cause greater than themselves.

Bob Blackburn, Oklahoma Historical Society

You may also like

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

The Oklahoma 100