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Oklahoma has large share of Civil War history

BY MELYN JOHNSON Published: January 17, 2010
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Re-enactors play out the Battle of Honey Springs.OKLAHOMA TOURISM

That’s just a taste of the Civil War history that took place in Oklahoma. Visitors can learn more about this rich heritage at these sites:

• Battle of Locus Grove near Locust Grove.

• Bayou Menard Battlefield, seven miles east of Fort Gibson.

• Cabin Creek Battlefield, north of Patton, and Cabin Creek Battlefield Historic Site with interpretive markers, north of Pensacola.

• Fort Blunt/Fort Gibson Historic Site, including the fort and other buildings.

• Fort Coffee, east of Spiro.

• Fort Davis, one mile east of Bacone.

• Fort Gibson National Cemetery near Fort Gibson.

• Fort Wayne, on State Highway 20 about one mile west of Arkansas line.

• George Murrell House (a plantation home) near Park Hill.

• Webbers Falls, where there are historic marker. Webbers Falls Museum is worth a visit, too.

Although many of the battle sites have little remaining from that time, the historians at Fort Gibson, Fort Towson and Honey Springs are passionate about the history on those grounds and are excellent guides.

The Fort Gibson National Cemetery is something all Oklahomans should see.

And an interesting must-see is Uniforms of Antiquity at 1107 E Poplar in Fort Gibson. This is where historically accurate uniforms are made, often for movies.

Melyn Johnson is destination development field representative for the state Tourism and Recreation Department.

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