Sunday, February 13, 2011

Middle Boggy Depot

The Battle of Middle Boggy Depot took place in Choctaw Indian Territory in what is now Atoka, Oklahoma on February 13th 1864.

While waiting on reinforcements on February 13th 1864, Union Colonel William A Phillips sent out about 350 men of the 14th Kansas Cavalry led by Major Charles Willette to Middle Boggy Depot. There were about 90 men in Middle Boggy Depot. They were part of Confederate Lieutenant Colonel John Jumper’s Seminole Battalion of Mounted Rifles and the 1st Choctaw and Chickasaw Calvary. Willette’s men caught the Confederates off guard, shelling and attacking them. The Confederates were outnumbered and outgunned, but still held off the Union attackers for thirty minutes before retreating into the woods. Jumper’s additional troops, hearing the Union guns rushed to the depot. Willette learning of the approaching Confederates retreated to Fort Gibson. There were 47 Confederates killed in the fight.

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