Wagon Box Fight Remembered This Weekend at Fort Phil Kearny

Wagon Box Fight Remembered This Weekend at Fort Phil Kearny

This Friday and Saturday, August 2nd and 3rd, Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site near Story is inviting the public to help celebrate the 146th Anniversary of the Wagon Box Fight.

Site Superintendent Misty Stoll said the Fetterman Battle (December 21, 1866) and the Wagon Box Fight (August 2, 1867) are forever attached to each other as they were less than a year apart, and because tactics learned from the earlier battle and improved weapons during the latter battle greatly improved the soldier's ability to survive.

The Wagon Box Fight Anniversary Celebration will begin Friday evening with a lecture and demonstration of the battle beginning at 6pm at the Wagon Box Fight site by former site Superintendent Robert Wilson and Terry Richards of the Lakota Nation. Events will continue on Saturday with living history demonstrations, tours of the grounds and demonstrations of infantry, cavalry and artillery weapons and accroutements, and games.
Friday's activities are free, but Saturday's events will require the regular admission of $2 per resident, $4 per non-resident and everyone 17 and under is free.

Visitors are reminded to dress for the weather with hats and sunscreen and bring water.
Beverages and snacks with be available in the gift shop.

For a full schedule of both day's events, click here:

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