The Battle of Honey Springs was an American Civil War engagement that occured on 17 July 1863, pitting Union and Confederate forces against one another in the area that would become the state of Oklahoma. Notably, it is one of few Civil War battles where the majority of combatants were African American and Native American.
At a recent reenactment of the Union's victory in Oklahoma, a man called Gary Alen Lane disrupted proceedings by firing on the participants. That's because he was battered.
He was not a part of the reenactment, he just didn't like the look of it. According to McIntosh County Sheriff's Dept Facebook:
"On November 6, 2015 the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 emergency call in where live rounds were being fired at reenactors who were participating in the Civil War reenactment of the Battle of Honey Springs located north of Checotah. Deputies arrived on scene and quickly located Gary Alen Lane, who resides at a residence near the battlefield. Mr. Lane, who was intoxicated and holding a loaded sawed off shotgun, refused to comply with commands gave to him by Deputies. Mr. Lane eventually began to flee to his residence at which time throwing the firearm. Deputies managed to place Mr. Lane under arrest while he attempted to flee to his residence, but not before a short struggle. Deputies later located additional firearms within his residence.
While conducting their investigation Deputies discovered rounds, discharged by Mr. Lane, penetrated a tent in which 9 actors were occupying. During this time one actor was struck in the arm with a pellet from Mr. Lane’s shotgun, however did not sustain injury.
Mr. Lane was transported to the McIntosh County Criminal Justice Center, where he is being held without bond, for reckless conduct with a firearm, assault and battery with a deadly weapon by use of firearm, possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, malicious injury to property and resisting arrest. Mr. Lane’s court date is scheduled for November 9, 2015 before the District Court of McIntosh County.
This isolated incident will not hinder the festivities scheduled throughout the weekend at the Battle of Honey Springs Battlefield."
So let us salute Gary, for exercising the core American values that his forebears fought for at The Battle of Honey Springs: Getting drunk and discharging your sawed off shotgun at Confederates.