African-American history in Oklahoma contains sit-ins, soldiers, entrepreneurs and more

At Honey Springs, Union Gen. James G. Blunt ordered the First Kansas to capture the Confederate artillery. The Union troops advanced, and by midday the smoke and confusion caused a miscommunication that placed the Confederate troops in proximity to the First Kansas troops. The African-American troops stood their ground, fired on the Confederates, and caused a retreat. Blunt praised the First Kansas for their coolness and bravery.

Today, visitors can tour the hallowed ground where those brave soldiers fought for their freedom. Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center is located four miles north of Checotah on the outskirts of Rentiesville, a historic All-Black town.

After the Civil War ended, African Americans continued to enlist in the U.S. Army. Plains Indians in the…

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