Near Rentiesville in McIntosh County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
— July 17, 1863 —
This commemorative marker is dedicated to the memory of the Union soldiers who bravely fought and died here on July 17, 1863. Major General James G. Blunt began moving 3,000 Union troops south on the Texas Road on July 15 to prevent a Confederate attack on Fort Gibson. The Battle of Honey Springs took place north of the depot where 5,000 Confederate troops were deployed along the road. Despite desperate Confederate resistance, Blunt's troops forced a Confederate retreat and earned a Union victory.
Union units represented in the battle were:
First Indian Home Guard
Second Indian Home Guard
Third Indian Home Guard
First Kansas Colored Infantry
Sixth Kansas Cavalry
Second Kansas Battery
Hopkins' Kansas Battery
Second Colorado Infantry
Third Wisconsin Cavalry
Dedicated by grateful Oklahomans in remembrance of those Union soldiers who fought and died in the Battle of Honey Springs.
Erected 1986 by Oklahoma Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker African Americans • Native Americans • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Oklahoma Historical Society series list.
Location. 35° 31.82′ N, 95° 29.161′ W. Marker is near Rentiesville, Oklahoma, in McIntosh County. Marker is on DC Minner Street (County Route N4230), on the right. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rentiesville OK 74459, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Five Civilized Tribes in the Battle of Honey Springs (here, next to this marker); 1st Regiment Kansas Colored Volunteers (here, next to this marker); Confederate Soldiers (here, next to this marker); Texas Monument (a few steps from this marker); Jefferson Highway (approx. 4.1 miles away); City Hall (approx. 4.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Gentry Block (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rentiesville.
More about this marker. This marker is located with five other markers at the Honey Springs Battlefield Park interpretive shelter.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2012, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 636 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 6, 2012, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. 2. submitted on August 23, 2014, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.