The Honey Springs Battlefield in McIntosh and Muskogee Counties has been designated as national historic landmark, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced Monday.
The Civil War battlefield was one of 13 national historic landmarks announced.
“These national historic landmark designations span more than two centuries of our country’s history, from 17th century architecture to a Civil War battlefield to a 19th century-Kentucky whiskey distillery that continued to operate through the Prohibition era,” Salazar said. “Today’s designations include significant sites that help tell the story of America and the contributions that all people from all walks of life have made as we strive for a more perfect union.”
Here is the Interior Department’s description:
By far the largest Civil War engagement of the 1861-1865 period of conflict within Indian Territory, the Battle of Honey Springs was the largest battle in Indian Territory in which Native Americans fought as members of both Union and Confederate armies. It is also significant as the first and largest engagement in which Indian troops of both sides fought in the formalized style of Anglo-American warfare.