In the early morning of July 3rd 1862 about 250 Union troops under the command of Colonel William Weer attacked a Confederate unit led by Colonel James J Clarkson in what became the Battle of Locust Grove. Weer’s men were made up of the 9th Kansas Cavalry and the 1st Regiment of the Indian Home Guard. The Confederate didn’t put much of fight, and made a fighting retreat, hotly pursued by Weer’s soldiers.
The Union had three men killed and six wounded in the fight. The Confederates had about 100 casualties and about another 100 including Clarkson were captured. Those Confederates who escaped ran back to Tahlequah, Oklahoma which caused desertions among the Cherokee supporters.