Although it took place in what is now Oklahoma, the Battle of Honey Springs (or Elk Creek) had a dramatic impact on Confederate efforts in Arkansas.
Not only did it assure Union control of the Cherokee Nation, it also opened the door for the Federal advance that would lead to the permanent possession of Fort Smith by U.S. troops.
On Monday we will start a series on the battle and Honey Springs Battlefield as it appears today. Be sure to check in on Monday to learn more about this battle that was critical to the War in the West in so many ways.
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