Bayou Menard Skirmish

In the first Federal effort to retake Indian Territory, Major William A. Phillips penetrated to a point about seven miles east of Fort Gibson. here on the banks of Bayou Menard he met and routed a force of Colonel Stand Watie’s Confederates in a brief skirmish on July 27, 1862, taking twenty-five prisoners and killing and wounding about 100 men. Amount the Confederate dead were a lieutenant colonel and three captains. Phillips was pleased with the conduct of his Indian forces in this skirmish. His only difficulty was in restraining their impetuous charge and in keeping back a reserve and guards for the wagons.

From Civil War Sites in Oklahoma by Muriel H. Wright and LeRoy H. Fischer