Battle of the JR Williams: 150th Commemoration
20250 E CR 1205
Learn about the only naval engagement of the Civil War that occurred in Indian Territory at the 150th Commemoration of the Battle of the JR Williams. On June 15, 1864, Brigadier General Stand Watie and his Confederate Native American troops seized control of a Union steam wheeler on the Arkansas River near Stigler. The sesquicentennial commemoration will have a display of artifacts and pictures of the JR Williams, as well as a vintage Civil War cannon that will be displayed and then fired during the event.
Watch as members of the Cherokee Nation present their Civil War battle flag, and listen as a local historian gives an entertaining and educational lecture about area history. Visitors will also be able to watch as Union and Confederate re-enactors present arms, perform close order drill and escort guests through their encampment.
Guests will enjoy live music, an old fashioned fish fry, as well as numerous food vendors located on the grounds of the Taloka Valley Cultural Heritage Center. As part of the celebration, the center is also having a grand opening event where visitors can enjoy free tours of the facility throughout the day. This event is free and open to the public.