Indian Territory was the edge of the American frontier in the Trans-Mississippi campaign of the Civil War, and represented a buffer between the free state of Kansas and the slave holding state of Texas. The battle of Honey Springs (July 17, 1863) was the pivot point of the Civil War in Indian Territory and is the largest military clash ever to have occurred in Oklahoma.
At Honey Springs Americans of all colors fought and died with determination to win liberty for themselves and their cause. With courage men willingly proved themselves and fought for justice, honor and freedom.
Freedom was as diverse as the cultures represented. To some freedom meant returning to life as it was before the Civil War, to some it included living peaceably in a new land and for others freedom from the bonds of slavery.
For freedmen and runaway slaves Honey Springs was an opportunity to overthrow oppression and many found themselves on the frontlines of freedom. With the aide of these individuals the government was able to form regiments that proved themselves with distinction and showed all that hostilities such as Honey Springs could be won with their support and would turn the tide of the war.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 1863 Honey Springs Battlefield Rd., Checotah, 74426
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Oklahoma Historical Society
Location Type: Site
People/Organizations Associated with the site: Civil War