Battle of Honey Springs short film wraps production, biannual historic reenactment planned this weekend
CHECOTAH - Pantheon Digital and the Friends of Honey Springs, in association with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, recently announced the completion of principal photography for “The Battle of Honey Springs."
The historical short film recounts the events that took place during Oklahoma’s largest Civil War engagement in the summer of 1863. The filming for this production took place at the original Honey Springs battle site, located just north of what is now Checotah, according to a news release.
Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society.
“I was raised in Oklahoma City, and after working in Los Angeles for the past 22 years, it’s always a pleasure to work in my home state again,” said producer/director Bryan Beasley in a statement. “This is my third production for the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS), and the organization consistently creates projects that are new and ambitious. As we put together our biggest project to date for the OHS, I was excited to find a wealth of talented cast and crew right here in Oklahoma.”
In addition to Beasley, Jon and Jaime Roman, who were both raised in Oklahoma, are producers for the project. The production is employing 23 local industry members and boasts a nearly all-local cast, according to the news release.
“The film industry in Oklahoma has consistently expanded over the past few years, and we’ve seen an increase in experienced local actors and crew members that reflects this growth,” said Oklahoma Film + Music Office director Tava Maloy Sofsky in a statement. “We’re thrilled that this project is using Oklahoma talent to tell a story that is an essential piece of our state’s history.”
The historical reenactment film will be part of an immersive experience at the Battle of Honey Springs Visitor’s Center. The film will interact seamlessly with the museum exhibit, and it will also air at a future date as a stand-alone short on PBS, according to the release.
The announcement comes as the Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center are preparing their biannual reenactment of the Civil War Battle of Honey Springs, which will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Honey Springs Battlefield.
The entertaining and educational weekend starts Friday with Education Day. Beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, students from schools across the state, as well as the general public, will have the opportunity to explore numerous education stations teaching topics related to the Civil War in Indian Territory and the battle itself, according to a news release.
Living historians will demonstrate various military drills, cooking techniques and other everyday activities for soldiers. There also will be numerous sutlers, or merchants, selling 19th-century reproduction military equipment, clothing, books and souvenirs.
Food vendors will be on site, too. Education Day is free to the public.
Camps will open to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Battle of Honey Springs reenactment will take place at 1 p.m. each day. There also will be special presenters each day leading up to the battle reenactments.
The cost for Saturday and Sunday is $5 for adults. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free.
The Battle of Honey Springs reenactment shows the largest of approximately 107 documented Civil War military engagements in present-day Oklahoma. The engagement took place on July 17, 1863, just two weeks after the famous Battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg. About 9,000 Union and Confederate troops, mostly American Indians and African Americans, were involved in the Battle of Honey Springs. 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.
For more information regarding the reenactment and Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 918-473-5572.
The Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center is located east of U.S. Highway 69 between Oktaha and Rentiesville. The Visitor Center is located on a hill in close proximity to the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame in Rentiesville.