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 Indian Territory. The engagement took place July 16 - 17, 1863, between the Army of the West and Confederate Indian forces stationed at Honey Springs under the command of Brig. Gen Douglas. 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). Historians often refer to this battle as the “Gettysburg of the West” in that it was a big victory for the Union that opened the way for the capture of Fort Smith and much of Arkansas.
1863 Honey Springs RdChecotah, OK 74426