||Col. James M. Williams of the First Kansas Colored Infantry led a Union supply train from Fort
Scott, Kansas, to Fort Gibson, Oklahoma (then Indian Territory). As he approached the crossing of Cabin Creek,
he learned that Confederate Col. Stand Watie, with about 1,600 to 1,800 men intended to assault him there.
Watie was waiting for about 1,500 reinforcements under the command of Brig. Gen. William L. Cabell to join him
before attacking the supply train. Cabell, however, was detained due to high water on Grand River. Cabin Creek
also had high water, preventing a crossing at first, but when it had receded enough, Williams drove the
Confederates off with artillery fire and two cavalry charges. The wagon train continued to Fort Gibson and
delivered the supplies, making it possible for the Union forces to maintain their presence in Indian territory and take
the offensive that resulted in a victory at Honey Springs and the fall of Fort Smith, Arkansas.