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Cabin Creek

Mayes County, OK  |  Jul 1 - 2, 1863

Union and Confederate troops with Indian regiments frequently skirmished on the eastern plains of the territory for control of rivers and forts. In early July 1863, Colonel James M. Williams led a Union supply train escorted by a handful of infantry and cavalry regiments on the Texas Road from Fort Scott, Kansas, to Fort Gibson in Indian Territory. Williams' force included Indian Home Guard units as well as his own unit, the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry. As he approached the crossing of Cabin Creek, midway between Tulsa and the Arkansas border, he learned from captured Rebel soldiers that Confederate Cherokee Indian Col. Stand Watie intended to assault him there. The water level at Cabin Creek was high, preventing a crossing at first, but when it had receded enough, Williams attacked. His troopers drove the Confederates off with artillery fire and two cavalry charges. Watie's Confederates fell back and fled the battlefield. The supply train continued to Fort Gibson, making it possible for Union forces to maintain their presence in Indian territory and take the offensive that resulted in victory at Honey Springs later in July and the fall of Fort Smith, Arkansas in September. The battle was the first in which African-American troops fought side-by-side with their white and Indian comrades.

All battles of the Operations to Control Indian Territory Campaign

Civil War  |  Battle
Cabin Creek
Mayes County, OK  |  Jul 1 - 2, 1863
Result: Union Victory
Est. Casualties: 88
Union: 23
Confederate: 65
Civil War  |  Battle
Honey Springs
Muskogee County and McIntosh County, OK  |  Jul 17, 1863
Result: Union Victory
Est. Casualties: 716
Union: 79
Confederate: 637
Civil War  |  Battle
Devil's Backbone
Sebastian County, AR  |  Sep 1, 1863
Result: Union Victory
Est. Casualties: 81
Union: 16
Confederate: 65
Civil War  |  Battle
Sand Creek
Kiowa County, CO  |  Nov 29 - 30, 1864
Result: Union Victory
Est. Casualties: 239
Union: 76
Confederate: 163

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Vinita, OK | July 1, 1863
Result: Union Victory
Commanders
Estimated Casualties
88
Union
23
Confed.
65

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