RSU Prof to Share History of First Indian Home Guard

Dr. Jane JohanssonHoney Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center will present “The First Indian Home Guard” at 1 p.m. May 18. Dr. Jane Johansson, RSU Professor of History and Political Science, will speak about the Union regiment’s history in relation to the Civil War in Indian Territory and the Battle of Honey Springs.

The First Indian Home Guard was composed of whites, refugee Muscogee Creeks and Seminoles, and African Creeks serving in a variety of military operations. The presentation will explore the regiment’s background, its composition, notable personalities, military actions, relations with the federal government and the postwar era.

After the presentation, visitors can tour the Visitor Center’s new exhibits and the largest Civil War battlefield in Oklahoma.

Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center is east of U.S. 69 between Oktaha and Rentiesville.