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In Indian Territory, Native American and African-American troops attack overrun Confederate supply base

James Gillpatrick Blunt, detail
07/17/1863
Union troops under General James G. Blunt force marched to Honey Springs in Indian Territory to thwart a planned Confederate counter-offensive and in a brief but intense battle captured the important supply base. Significantly, most of the 3000 Confederates were Native Americans, while the like-numbered Union force was made up largely of Native American soldiers and African-American troops from the First Kansas Colored Infantry. White Texans, and others took part, as well, but were in the minority of the combatants involved overall.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1864), VII: 353-354.