Battle of Turkey Springs - NE of Freedom, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The Snowdog
N 36° 48.739 W 099° 04.480
14S E 493340 N 4074055
Quick Description: A historical marker describing an engagement between U.S. troops and Northern Cheyenne Indians.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 7/9/2018 6:34:18 AM
Waymark Code: WMYQ0X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
Views: 6

Long Description:
The Battle of Turkey Springs, fought over two days in September 1878 near this location northeast of Freedom, OK, was the last known encounter between Indians and the U.S. Army in what was then known as "Indian Territory." The marker provides a brief description of the encounter, and a more detailed account can be found in the Enid newspaper article linked below. The marker was set by property owner Bud Martin and the Oklahoma Historical Society, with the approval of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribe.

The full text of the marker is:

BATTLE OF TURKEY SPRINGS, I.T.
7 MI. N. OF HERE

Last known encounter between Indians & U.S. Army in Okla. here Sept. 13-14, 1878. Northern Cheyenne led by Dull Knife & Little Wolf fled Darlington Agency at Ft. Reno to return to Dakotas. Crossing Woods Co. they killed 2 cowboys employed by W.R. Colcord & engaged portions of Cos. G & H, 4th Cavalry, under Capt. Joseph Rendelbrock at Turkey Springs. Arapaho scout and 3 soldiers killed & 3 wounded. 5 Indians wounded, including one little girl.

CHEROKEE STRIP VOLUNTEER LEAGUE
OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

There is a pull-out on the north side of the road with ample space to park and view the marker.
County: Woods County, OK

Record Address::
Highway 64, two miles east of Highway 50
Freedom, OK USA
73842


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Date Erected: Dedicated June 24, 2011

Sponsor (Who put it there): Oklahoma Historical Society

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