Category Archives: Battlefields

Miles of Lonely

I’d made reservations for a spot in a photo blind to see Lesser Prairie-Chickens on Sunday morning. We had to be in place before dawn, which meant I had to stay overnight in Oakley, Kansas. I decided to take back … Continue reading

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Rosebud Battlefield

The Army campaign of 1876 was intended to move the Indian tribes of the northern plains onto reservations. Unwilling to go, the Indians had banded together into a force of about 1,500-2,000 warriors. The Army’s strategy involved an encirclement of … Continue reading

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Little Bighorn

On Saturday I realized that I had planned my visit to Little Bighorn Battlefield two days before the anniversary of the battle—which meant I would be there on the weekend closest to the anniversary. I figured there would be reenactments … Continue reading

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Fetterman Fight

Fort Phil Kearny needed wood for construction, cooking, and heat. Wood-cutting crews were frequently attacked by bands of Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians led by Red Cloud. Some estimates put the size of the Indian camp at 2,000 warriors plus … Continue reading

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Wagon Box Fight

After the Fetterman Fight on December 21, 1866, the Army made a few changes. For one, they stationed a company under Captain James W. Powell at a forward position to protect the wood cutters. For another, they armed the soldiers … Continue reading

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