Vet surgeon’s view of Civil War set for Nov. 7

BY STAFF REPORTS
10/24/2020 03:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
“Veteran Surgeon’s View of the Civil War” will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 7 at the Honey Springs Battlefield site in McIntosh County.
RENTIESVILLE – A presentation titled “Veteran Surgeon’s View of the Civil War” will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 7 at the Honey Springs Battlefield site in McIntosh County.

Dr. David Harris will dress in Civil War-period attire while discussing medical practices used during the war and the realities surgeons faced. His presentation will include medical artifacts and items from the era. Harris has hosted programs at Civil War sites, including Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi.

This program is free with regular admission. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the outdoor program. Social distancing of at least 6 to 8 feet is required for those who attend. The Oklahoma Historical Society requires facemasks in all public areas of its museums, sites and affiliates, including Honey Springs Battlefield.

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 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.

Honey Springs Battlefield is located 15 miles south of Muskogee, east of U.S. Highway 69 between Oktaha and Checotah. The visitor center is 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).

For information about the presentation, call 918-473-5572 or email alynn@okhistory.org or honeysprings@okhistory.org.

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