Honey Springs Battlefield to host guided trail walks Sept. 19

BY STAFF REPORTS
09/10/2020 10:30 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
The Honey Springs Battlefield recently installed more than 50 new trail signs on all six of its walking trails.
CHECOTAH – Honey Springs Battlefield will have guided trail walks on the battlefield led by site director Adam Lynn from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 19.

This will be an opportunity for visitors to check out the new informative trail signs and to ask questions about the largest Civil War conflict to take place in present-day Oklahoma. The guided tours will be limited to groups of eight, and all attendees will be required to wear masks and socially distance throughout the tour.

The Honey Springs Battlefield recently installed more than 50 new trail signs on all six of its walking trails. To reach the walking trails, take the modern, paved battlefield road from the visitor center. From the road, each walking trail is marked by title and numbered one through six from north to south, ending at the monuments area.

The Battle of Honey Springs took place on July 17, 1863, just two weeks after the famous Battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg. Approximately 9,000 Union and Confederate troops, mostly Native Americans and African Americans, were involved in the battle. Of those, approximately 200 total casualties were suffered. After a decisive Union victory, Confederates lost control of Indian Territory north of the Arkansas River. The Union victory also ensured federal control of Fort Gibson in Indian Territory and Fort Smith in Arkansas.

The Cherokee Regiment and 1st Cherokee Mounted Rifles fought on the Confederate side while the 1st and 2nd Indian Home Guard, made up of men from Cherokee, Choctaw, Seminole, Muscogee (Creek) and Chickasaw tribes, fought on the Union side.

The battleground is about 4.5 miles northeast of what is now Checotah and 15 miles south of Muskogee.

During the event, visitors also will be able to tour the visitor center’s newest exhibits, purchase items from the gift shop and learn about exhibits that will open in the near future. Due to social distancing guidelines, the Honey Springs Battlefield visitor center’s total capacity at one time is 10 people, including staff. Masks are also required while touring the center. Normal admission prices apply to those who tour the visitor center.

For information regarding the walking tours and the Honey Springs Battlefield, email honeysprings@okhistory.org or alynn@okhistory.org, or call 918-473-5572.

Honey Springs Battlefield is located east of U.S. Highway 69 between Oktaha and Checotah. The visitor center is located on a hill in close proximity to the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame in Rentiesville. Take the second left after reaching the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame Museum (driving from the west).

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