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Major Civil War Battle Comes to Life during Honey Springs Re-enactment
By Tourism Industry Partner
From April 29-May 1, the original battlefield of the Battle of Honey Springs will roar with cannon and volley fire and the enthusiasm of 5,000 re-enactors of a battle between Union and Confederate troops that decided the fate of the Indian Territory.
Just outside of Checotah at Rentiesville, more than 15,000 spectators are expected to attend this nationally sanctioned event, said Connie Morris, executive Director of the Lake Eufaula Association.
“Every three years this area comes alive with a full battle re-enactment, but this year’s event promises to be outstanding. Already, re-enactors from as far away as the state of Virginia have made their reservations to attend,” she said.
The Union’s victory at this largest battle ever fought in Indian Territory, proved to be an important one for its residents and their way of life.
Before attending the re-enactment, visitors may want to research this amazing event in American history and learn about Federal forces under Maj. Gen. James G. Blunt and the advancing Confederate Army of Brig. Gen. Douglas Cooper. Learn about the Black and Indian Troops, the artillery and the cavalry.
“The re-enactment at Honey Springs, once an important Confederate supply depot, is a great time for the young and young at heart to see what it was like when the North and South faced off in Indian Territory.
“The boom of the cannons and the sight of so many soldiers are amazing. Add the opportunity for visitors to see how they camped, cooked and lived during the Civil War, and you have an educational and fun event for the entire family,” Morris said.
Lake Eufaula Association and the Checotah Chamber of Commerce are members of Green Country Marketing Assn, one of 11 multi-county organizations working with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the Oklahoma Travel Industry Assn. and the other multi-county associations to promote state tourism, a $6.1 billion industry.