Fetterman Battle Depicted This Weekend

The Fetterman battle that happened on Dec. 21, 1866, was depicted this past weekend at the site of Fort Phil Kearny in northern Johnson County.

Site Superintendent Misty Stoll said the event wasn't a true re-enactment, because they didn't have the numbers of people that were involved in the Fetterman fight.

Stoll said the 1866 battle in fact involved 79 soldiers and two civilians from Fort Phil Kearny, 81 men in all, and an estimated 1,500 Native Americans led by Red Cloud.

She said the depiction showed the battle movements of the cavalry and infantry and the positions of the native warriors. Stoll also said the Lakota name of the battle is the Battle of the Hundred in the Hand. She said there were about 200 spectators.

She said the Bozeman Trail Association originally planned to hold the depiction on Dec. 21 last year, but temperatures fell close to 40 below zero on that day, and the decision was made to postpone the event until spring.

Stoll said the warrior forces for the depiction were coordinated by the Real Bird family from the Crow Reservation, and the cavalry and infantry forces were coordinated by the Bozeman Trail Association and Kearny's Frontier Regulars. Stoll said a decision was made Sunday to present additional depictions in the future.


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