Fetterman Diorama to be Opened to Public Monday

A portion of the new Fetterman Fight diorama. (Photo by Pat Blair)
A portion of the new Fetterman Fight diorama. (Photo by Pat Blair)

A diorama of the Dec. 21, 1866 Fetterman Fight will be opened to the public Monday morning at the Sheridan Fulmer Public Library.

The diorama is by Tom Warnke, who's done several other dioramas of historical sites and events in Sheridan. Dr. Scott Nickerson, who's familiar with the history of the Fetterman Fight, outlined the sequence of events.

Nickerson said the Indian name for the battle is “battle of the hundred-in-the-hand.” He said four of the Lakota descendants of participants in the battle are expected to be at the library at about 10 a.m. Monday.

The Indians involved in the battle included Lakota, Arapaho and Cheyenne. Nickerson said the fight occurred on the first day of winter that year, and according to a booklet prepared to accompany the diorama, weather conditions were deteriorating as the battle began. The mural that backs the diorama, and which was painted by Connie Robinson, shows a serious storm moving in from the north and west.

Nickerson said the Fetterman Fight stirred up questions about travel to the West and basically led to the withdrawal of the U.S. Army from the Northern Plains. He said the Indians were left alone for about another decade.

Fort Phil Kearny was abandoned in 1868, along with two other forts that had been built along the Bozeman Trail – Reno farther south and C.F. Smith in Montana.

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Close-up of a portion of the diorama. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Close-up of a portion of the diorama. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Close-up of other figures in the diorama. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Close-up of other figures in the diorama. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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