Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
VA Medical Center to host Honey Springs Battlefield Presentation
July 6, 2015
Veterans and the public are invited to attend a free Civil War presentation about the Honey Springs Battlefield Site on July 10 at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center.
Christopher Price, Director of the Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site, will discuss the Civil War engagement and battlefield site, and also discuss ways to conduct Civil War ancestry research.
The presentation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the auditorium. Light refreshments will be served.
The Honey Springs engagement took place on July 17, 1863, between the 1st Division, Army of the Frontier, commanded by Maj. Gen. James G. Blunt and the Confederate Indian Brigade led by Brig. Gen. Douglas H. Cooper.
The battle was the largest engagement of the Civil War fought in Indian Territory, and it had far-reaching impact on Indian Territory, American national development and the future state of Oklahoma.
Prior to the battle, Confederate forces were in full control of the areas below the Arkansas River and the areas north of the Arkansas River were in dispute. After the battle, the Federals controlled the area north on the Canadian River and the area between it and the Red River was placed in dispute.
The Confederate loss at Honey Springs led to the loss of Fort Smith and western Arkansas.
For more information, please contact Nathan Schaeffer at 918-577-3729. The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center is located at 1011 Honor Heights Dr. in Muskogee.