Commemoration of the Battle of the JR Williams

June 21, 2014
A commemoration of the Battle of the J.R. Williams will be 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21 at the Taloka Valley Cultural Heritage Center. This event is free and open to the public. The Taloka Valley Cultural Heritage Center is located at 20250 E. CR 1205 near Stigler.

Visitors will enjoy living history, speakers, and music commemorating the Battle of the JR Williams, the only naval engagement of the American Civil War to occur in the Indian territory. In June of 1864, Confederate Indians under Stand Waite captured and sunk a Federal supply ship in the Arkansas River.

For more information visit Taloka Valley Cultural Heritage Center or email

Civil War Symposium Examines Sherman’s March to the Sea

Tuesday, June 24, at the University of Science and Arts
Dr. Joseph Glatthaar is scheduled to deliver the keynote address for the third Summer History Symposium beginning at 7:30 p.m. June 24 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium at the University of Science and Arts.

The event is free and open to the public.

Glatthaar is a Stephenson Distinguished Professor and teaches American military history to both undergraduate and graduate students at the University of North Carolina.

His keynote address will focus on General William Tecumseh Sherman’s innovative March to the Sea (also known as the Savannah campaign) that saw his armies moving deep within enemy territory without adequate supply lines in order to break the Southern will and capacity to continue the war.

This scorched-earth campaign that fed his armies by ravaging the countryside brought a new level of brutality to the Southern front that continues to resonate down through the generations.

Glatthaar is the author of several books including The March to the Sea and Beyond: Sherman’s Troops in the Savannah and Carolinas Campaigns; Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and their White Officers; Partners in Command: Relationships Between Leaders in the Civil War; The Civil War in the West, 1863-65; Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians in the American Revolution; General Lee’s Army: From Victory to Collapse; and Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia.

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is located at 1727 West Alabama Avenue, Chickasha, Oklahoma 73018.

Call to Arms

Saturday, November 1, 2014
The Oklahoma History Center invites you and your family to load up family and join us for our Call to Arms on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Join us as we celebrate Oklahoma’s military heritage with a special living history event for all. Call to Arms is scheduled from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. and with activities running throughout the day. The event will feature reenactors and living history interpreters from a variety of time periods, military vehicles, artillery, and includes activities for all ages. For more information on Call to Arms please contact or (405) 522-3602.

If you or your reenactment group would like to participate please contact Jason Harris at or by phone at (405) 522-0785.

Oklahoma Civil War Teachers’ Institute

The 2014 Oklahoma Civil War Teachers’ Institute, set for July 16th through 18th, 2014, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

The OHS will host the Teachers’ Institute to explore the war’s impact on Indian Territory as part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial 150th Anniversary Commemoration that will be observed through 2015. Conference participants will visit important landmarks of the war, including Fort Gibson Historic Site, Honey Springs Battlefield, the George M. Murrell Home, and more. Facilitators for the event include educational staff from the Oklahoma Historical Society and Northeastern State University. Oklahoma teachers will explore non-traditional classroom civil war experiences, as well as field trips, interactive activities, and other items to share with students.

Teachers will each receive an extensive resource kit with classroom activities and lesson guides. The cost for the program is $100 per person and includes all materials and meals. A limit of fifteen Oklahoma teachers will be selected on a first come, first served basis. Call (918) 456-2751 for more information.

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