Honey Springs Civil War Memorial

1st Regiment Kansas Colored Volunteers

On July 17, 1963, at the Battle of honey Springs, the 1st Kansas Colored volunteers wrote a stirring page in American History, becoming one of the first black units of the Civil War to play a key role in a Union victory. As Major General James G Blunt, the Union Commander at Honey Springs, reported "the first Kansas (colored) particularly distinguished itself; they fought like Veterans, and preserved their line unbroken throughout the engagement. Their coolness and Bravery I have never seen surpassed; they were in the hottest of the fight, and opposed to Texas Troops twice their number, who they completely routed."
Consisting largely of escaped slaves fro Arkansas and Missouri, on January 13, 1863 the 1st Kansas became the fourth black regiment to officially enter Federal service. Later re-designated as the 79th U.S. Colored Infantry, this command fought with the conspicuous bravery in Missouri, Indian Territory, Kansas, and Arkansas mustered out in October 1865, the 1st Kansas suffered a total of 177 men killed in action. More combat casualties then any other Kansas Regiment.

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