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Battle of Honey Springs to be commemorated

CHECOTAH -- Perhaps the most important battle in the Oklahoma territory’s civil war history will be remembered Saturday.

The Battle of Honey Springs took place on July 17, 1863 just weeks after the Battle of Gettysburg. About 9,000 Union and Confederate troops took part.  There were about 200 casualties.

The battle was a decisive Union victory and helped to ensure federal control of Fort Gibson in Indian Territory and Fort Smith in Arkansas. The battle was one of about 107 that were fought in present day Oklahoma during the Civil War.

The memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the new Honey Springs Battlefield Visitor Center. There will be a talk by University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma professor James Fink who will add further context to the battle. It is open to the public.

There will also be a presentation of colors and a light lunch.

For more information regarding the memorial service and the Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center, please email Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center is located east of U.S. Highway 69 between Oktaha and Rentiesville. 

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