Ten Eyck was accused of cowardice and drunkenness and was permitted to retire from the army. On December 19, the Indians attacked another wood train. [7]:169–170, Red Cloud and other Indian leaders, encouraged by their successes, decided to undertake a large military operation against Fort Kearny before winter snows forced them to break up their large village on the Tongue River and disperse. Ten Eyck advanced carefully and the soldiers found the bodies of Fetterman and all of his men in the valley. She said these orders were given twice, the second time by Carrington from the sentry walk after ordering the soldiers to halt as they left the front gate of the fort. Carrington had 700 soldiers and 300 civilians in his command. 206–209. The Indians sniped at the soldiers while organizing a charge, and then rushed in among the soldiers, killing them all. [7]:177–178, About one-half mile after Fetterman had crossed the summit of Lodge Trail Ridge, the decoys gave a signal and the Indians on either side of the trail charged. He doubled the number of guards for the wood trains and kept the 50 serviceable horses the fort still possessed – having lost many in Indian raids – saddled and ready to sally from dawn to dark. Carrington assumed that Fetterman intended to approach the Indians attacking the wood train from their rear. The dead soldiers had been stripped naked and mutilated. The following are the names of the Second Cavalry killed in the recent massacre at Fort Phil. The battlefield was examined briefly and the bodies of soldiers removed quickly. The decoys led him onward, with the cavalry leaving the infantry behind. [22], The Indians stripped and mutilated the soldiers' bodies before leaving[7]:188 in an apparent mirror of the Sand Creek Massacre of two years before. The U.S. military mission was intended to protect travelers on the Bozeman Trail. Use the HTML below. Those Indians and others harassed Fetterman as he climbed Lodge Trail Ridge and disappeared out of sight of the fort. [citation needed] The cavalry continued its retreat, halting to fight in a flat area on the ridge 400 yards north of where the infantry lay dead. All three forts were located in Crow territory. [21], The Indians had few guns and fought mostly with bows and arrows, spears, and war clubs. Previous Next (For a day tour covering all historic sites, including the Brinton Museum, consider starting your tour early in the cool of the day at Fort Phil Kearny) TO GET TO FORT PHIL KEARNY FROM LAZY R: Take I-90 headed east for approximately 36 miles to Exit 44. One man in his command froze to death during the journey. Indian warriors approached the soldiers and taunted them. Crazy Horse was put in charge of the attack, while the older men acted as councilors. [3], The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 had this territory designated as Crow land. The Lakota alliance emerged victorious and the remaining US forces withdrew from the area. 66–67 and Van de Logt, Mark, "New Perspectives on the Fetterman Fight", https://archive.org/details/historyofwyoming00hudsrich, List of battles won by Indigenous peoples of the Americas, Find a grave memorial of US Soldiers who died at Fort Kearny, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fetterman_Fight&oldid=994505578, Articles with unsourced statements from January 2018, Articles with unsourced statements from September 2013, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Company C: Second Lieutenant George W. Grummond†, Sergeant James Bakerâ€, This page was last edited on 16 December 2020, at 01:54. Lambert, Joseph. At the top of the ridge, in violation of orders from Carrington, he chose to follow the Indian decoys north rather than turn west to rescue the wagon train. The Indians in the valley slowly dispersed and disappeared. Colonel Henry Carrington runs a severe command but finds his authority challenged by the more likeable Captain William Fetterman. Soldiers were told that in the last extremity they were to retreat to the magazine. The investigation noted that 12 companies of soldiers were stationed at Fort Laramie in a region at peace, while at Fort Kearny Carrington had only five companies in a region at war. December 21 marks the 145th anniversary of the Fetterman Massacre, which took place near Fort Phil Kearny, in present-day Wyoming. [23][24] In his report to his superiors, Carrington listed what was discovered at the battlefield the next day: eyes torn out and laid on rocks, noses and ears cut off, teeth chopped out, brains taken out and placed on rocks, hands and feet cut off, and private parts severed. My Army Life and the Fort Phil Kearny Massacre (Abridged, Annotated) - Ebook written by Frances Courtney Carrington. Another four soldiers had been wounded after they pursued another Indian decoy into an ambush. [10] Several of Carrington's junior officers pressed him to take the offensive. [1] A total of 81 American soldiers and civilians died in the battle. Fort Phil Kearney, Fetterman Massacre and The Wagon Box Fight. A cabin built by the Civilian Conservation Corps has been furnished to depict the period quarters of an officer's wife and a non-commissioned officer's quarters. About 50 Indians appeared near Fort Kearny, but Carrington dispersed them with a few cannon shots. Within a short time, the signal came that the wood train was no longer under attack. Carrington spent the rest of his life attempting to repair his tarnished reputation as a soldier.[7]:217–218. More than four decades later, Frances Carrington, Henry’s second wife, repeated the boast attributed to Fetterman almost verbatim in her 1910 book My Army Life: A Soldier’s Wife at Fort Phil Kearny. We've curated a list of lesser-known films to help you explore the space-time continuum from the comfort of your couch. The infantry marched out first; the cavalry had to retrieve its mounts before it could follow and catch up. Carrington would blow up the magazine to ensure that no Americans remained alive to be captured by the Indians. Wood-cutting detachment rescue party from Fort Phil Kearny, Dakota Territory, December 21, 1866, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Captain William J. Fetterman†, commanding, Captain William J. Fetterman†, 18th Infantry, commanding. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. The U.S. military mission was intended to protect travelers on the Bozeman Trail. He suggests that Carrington and Fetterman planned to take the offensive against the Indians attacking the wood train and that Fetterman took the Lodge Trail Ridge to gain a position to attack the Indians from the rear. Stands In Timber, John and Margot Liberty: Papers relating to Talks and Councils held with the Indians in Dakota and Montana Territories in the Years 1866-1869. In 1868, Fort Phil Kearny was abandoned, and in November of that year, Red Cloud signed a peace agreement with the US. He arrived at Fort Laramie late in the evening on December 25 during a full-dress Christmas ball, and staggered, exhausted, into the party to deliver his message. However, the Indians saw through it and instead stampeded a herd of the cattle on the bank of the Powder River opposite Fetterman's intended trap. “When the Great Father at Washington sent us his chief soldier [General Harney] to ask for a path through our hunting grounds, a way for his iron road to the mountains and the western sea, we were told that they wished merely to pass through our country, not to tarry among us, but to seek for gold in the far west. His pickets on Pilot Hill signaled that an Army wood train was being attacked 4 miles west of the fort. Civilians Wheatley and Fisher and several cavalrymen, "knowing it was fatal to retreat from Indians", halted and took shelter among several large rocks, where they were killed. You have heard the sound of the white soldier’s ax upon the Little Piney. Although outnumbered, the soldiers were armed with newly supplied breech-loading Springfield Model 1866 rifles and Lever Action Henry rifles, and had a … Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? By claiming seniority as a brevet lieutenant colonel, Fetterman asked for and was given command of the relief party. Less than seven days after that speech, the Sioux went to Fort Phil Kearny, the new sentinel of the Oregon Trail. Monnett, John H., Where a Hundred Soldiers Were Killed: The Struggle for the Powder River Country in 1866 and the Making of the Fetterman Myth. [9] The Native American warriors, invariably mounted, generally appeared in groups of 20 to 100. The two civilians, Wheatley and Fisher, had their faces smashed into bloody pulp, and Wheatley had been pierced by more than a hundred arrows. [7]:193–194, Carrington and a detail of 80 men marched cautiously out of Fort Kearny on December 22 as the blizzard was approaching and gathered the remaining bodies of those killed. He had accompanied an escort who guarded a wagon train gathering firewood and construction timber for Fort Kearny. All 81 men under the command of Captain William J. Fetterman were then killed by the Native American warriors. A grand attack had been planned with care and nearly every well-known Sioux chief had agreed to strike the invaders. Sheltered by the smooth Sullivant Hills that slide into Lodge Trail Ridge, this innocuous fold of land was the scene of … Carrington himself led another mounted detachment to circle north in an attempt to cut off the Indians' retreat. Francis Grummond wrote that everyone present could hear the orders. "Indian Perspectives on the Bozeman Trail", Vaughn, p. 72–80; Grinnell, pp. The area around the fort was the site of the Fetterman massacre and the Wagon Box Fight. Grummond and the cavalry apparently remained in good order, leading their horses and presumably firing at the Indians all around them. Carrington sent Phillips and another messenger, Philip Bailey, out that evening on the best remaining horses. According to a Cheyenne informant named White Elk, who was interviewed as he walked the battlefield 48 years after the event, the Indians had chosen 10 warriors as decoys to tempt Fetterman into the ambush: two Arapaho, two Cheyenne, and two from each of the three Lakota bands present: the Oglala, Brulé, and Miniconjou. [7]:160–165, His caution confirmed by this experience, Carrington intensified training for his soldiers and officers, forming them into six companies. Fetterman may have shot himself just before American Horse cut his throat. Fetterman Massacre European-American immigrants traveling along the Bozeman Trail passed through Fort Phil Kearny, Wyoming. The staff member used the model to explain the location of the fort… On December 26, the soldiers buried the bodies of Fetterman, his officers, and his men in a common trench. The Lakota, the Cheyenne, and the Arapaho accepted it as such. Leading the cavalrymen was Lieutenant Horatio S. Bingham. San Antonio: Newton Publishing Company, 1999. Fetterman and his entire force of 80 men were killed, including Lt. George Grummond, first husband of the author. [7]:173–176, According to Carrington, his orders were clear. About three times as many Lakota participated in the battle as did Cheyenne and Arapaho. The dispatch from Colonel Henry B. Carrington at Fort Phil Kearny stated that three officers, 92 men, and two citizens had been massacred four days earlier near the fort. Another officer of the 18th, Lieutenant George W. Grummond, a known critic of Carrington, led the cavalry, which had been leaderless since Bingham's death in early December. Others who appeared in the segment were Richard Egan and Phyllis Avery as Colonel Henry Carrington and h… Red Cloud was born in 1821 into the Oglala tribe - one of seven Lakota tribes, known by non-Natives as the… White, Richard: "The Winning of the West: The Expansion of the Western Sioux in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries". One Hundred Years With the Second Cavalry. Calitri suggests that he was reckless and possibly disobeyed orders during the December 6 fight. When he returned to Red Cloud the fourth time, he declared that in his vision he had 100 blue-coat soldiers in each hand — too many to hold. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. [15]. It was out of sight, but only about 4 miles from Fort Kearny. A group of 10 warriors, including Crazy Horse, acted to lure a detachment of U.S. soldiers into an ambush. The Fetterman Massacre was a significant battle during Red Cloud's War on December 21, 1866, between soldiers of the U.S. Army based at Fort Phil Kearny, Wyoming, and the Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians. [5] By 1860, these traditional enemies of the Crow had taken control of their hunting grounds west of Powder River. “Hear ye, Dakotas!” he exclaimed. Everyone knew why special emphasis was given to these orders. Meanwhile, Carrington dispatched another group of 42 soldiers to join Ten Eyck. Ten Eyck was the leader of a relief column sent from Fort Phil Kearny shortly after noon on Dec. 21, 1866, to aid a group infantry, cavalry and civilians under the command of Civil War hero William Judd Fetterman who, according to legend, boasted he could ride through the entire Sioux nation with 80 men. He gave explicit orders not to pursue the Indians beyond Lodge Trail Ridge, 2 miles north of Fort Kearny. Yet before the ashes of the council fire are cold, the Great Father is building his forts among us. A blizzard began on December 22, and Phillips rode through a foot of snow and below-zero temperatures. [7]:209–210, Lurid newspaper stories blamed Carrington for the Fetterman disaster. The group of Indians chosen to decoy the soldiers included the young Oglala Crazy Horse. They increased their urging after November 3, when a cavalry company of 63 men arrived to reinforce the post. Both the Fetterman Massacre and Wagon Box Fight lie within a few miles of one another just off I-90 in the vicinity of Story, Wyoming. Shortly after Fetterman arrived at Fort Kearny, Carrington gave the captain permission to attempt a night ambush. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read My Army Life and the Fort Phil Kearny Massacre (Abridged, Annotated). That afternoon, wagons were sent to bring the bodies back to Fort Kearny. George Bent, a Cheyenne-Anglo man, said 14 Indian warriors were killed. Metzger was the only soldier whose dead body was not mutilated. Eyewitness testimonies and historians stated that Red Cloud was present in the battle, although his role during the fighting is unknown. Massacre at Fort Phil Kearney A few of the cavalry were with Fetterman, but Grummond and most of the cavalry apparently were a mile ahead of the infantry, near the flat along Peno Creek and possibly chasing other decoys. As if peculiarly impressed with some anticipations of rashness in the movement, the colonel, just after the command left, went across the parade ground to a sentry platform, halted the mounted party, and gave additional orders, understood in the garrison, and by those who heard them, to be the substantial repition [sic] of the former. The decoy trick had worked on December 6 and they decided to try it again, this time with a force adequate to destroy any group of soldiers sent to chase them. A single Indian appeared, trying to entice the soldiers into chasing him into the woods. It is a necessary addition to other material on Fort Phil Kearny, the Fetterman Massacre, and the Bozeman Trail." John Guthrie is credited as being the artist, and indeed a Sergeant John Guthrie was a He established three forts along the trail, including his headquarters at Fort Phil Kearny, near present-day Buffalo, Wyoming. [19], After leaving Fort Kearny with his infantry, Fetterman fired volleys at the small group of Indians, who harassed his flanks and taunted his soldiers. [7]:191–192, That evening, a civilian, John "Portugee" Phillips, volunteered to carry a distress message to Fort Laramie. An investigation absolved him of blame, but the report was not made public. Depicts Richard Egan and Don Taylor in a scene from the made for TV movie "Massacre at Fort Phile Kearny". The dispatch from Colonel Henry B. Carrington at Fort Phil Kearny stated that three officers, 92 men, and two citizens had been massacred four days earlier near the fort. p. 123. Powell remained behind. The visitor's center has some displays, a film, and a model. Captains Fetterman and Brown are reputed to have committed suicide by shooting each other in the head to avoid capture, but the official army autopsy report gives a throat wound as the cause of Fetterman's death. See, for example, discussions of Indian tactics in Ambrose, pp. Carrington's message to General Cooke told of the Fetterman disaster and requested immediate reinforcements and repeating Spencer carbines. Some historians interpreted that as a tribute to his bravery in standing alone against several armed enemies. The tragic events associated with Fort Phil Kearny, the Fetterman Massacre, and the Wagon Box Fight form one of the most dramatic chapters in the history of the Indian Wars.For two bloody years from 1866 to 1868, the Sioux Indians, bitter and opposing the invasion of their hunting grounds by prospectors bound over the Bozeman Trail to the Montana goldfields, fought back viciously. The Toledo Blade says: "FREDERICK HALLAM BROWN was aged about 33 years. On November 22, Fetterman himself almost fell into an Indian ambush. He says that other than Carrington's accusations, "there is no evidence indicating that Fetterman was anything but a professional officer and a perfect gentleman" with a distinguished combat record. The actor Robert Fuller played the role of Fetterman in the episode, "Massacre at Fort Phil Kearny", which aired on October 26, 1966, on NBC's anthology television series, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre. The Fetterman Fight, also known as the Fetterman Massacre or the Battle of the Hundred-in-the-Hands or the Battle of a Hundred Slain, was a battle during Red Cloud's War on December 21, 1866, between a confederation of the Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes and a detachment of the United States Army, based at Fort Phil Kearny, Wyoming. [34], United States Army Reaching the top, about 12:45 pm, his men and he saw a very large force of Indians in the Peno Creek valley below. Carrington reported that he had killed 10 Indians, but both Fetterman and he were sobered by the shortcomings in organization and discipline of their largely inexperienced soldiers. Accessed via Internet Archive on August 30, 2015. During the movement, Lieutenant Grummond and Bingham with several others became separated from Carrington, who was surrounded by about 100 Indian warriors. [7]:174–177, About noon in the fort, Carrington and his men heard heavy firing to their north. Rather, they struck at the rear and flanks of an opponent, using mounted mobility to probe for weaknesses and attempt to cause disorganization and panic, backing off if they encountered a stout defense, and closing in for the kill when they could do so with little risk of heavy casualties.[29]. Carrington ordered a relief party composed of 49 infantrymen of the 18th Infantry and 27 mounted troopers of the 2nd Cavalry under the command of Captain James Powell. [6], In June 1866, Colonel Henry B. Carrington advanced from Fort Laramie into the Powder River country, now the hunting grounds of the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Northern Arapaho. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. Fort Phil Kearny/ Bozeman Trail Association. Both had been assigned to Fort Kearny from the 18th Infantry's headquarters at Fort Laramie. On dispatching Grummond and the cavalry to join Fetterman, Carrington explicitly ordered him to stay with Fetterman during the operation. A dramatic retelling of the 1866 Sioux victory where 81 soldiers were killed. Only six of the 81 soldiers died of gunshot wounds. His cavalry under Grummond took the van, moving at a walk so the infantry could keep up. [7]:198, 205, General Cooke, on receipt of Carrington's distress message, immediately ordered that he be relieved of command by Brigadier General Henry W. Wessells, who arrived safely at Fort Kearny on January 16 with two companies of cavalry and four of infantry. The mutilated bodies of Bingham and a sergeant were found several hours later. At Fort Phil Kearny In an idyllic location 20 miles south of Sheridan WY, a gentle ridge huddles between the Bighorn Mountains and plains to the east. One-half of the 60-soldier escort suffered frostbite. The warriors, possibly numbering more than 1,000, congregated about 10 miles north of Fort Kearny, reconnoitered, and decided the best place to lay the trap was along the Bozeman Trail north of Lodge Trail Ridge. Massacre at Fort Phil Kearny (1966). Carrington's guide, famous mountain man Jim Bridger, was more succinct: "These soldiers don't know anything about fighting Indians". Title: Fort Kearny was built along the Bozeman Trail, although the establishment of a fort here was never agreed to by Red Cloud at the 1866 council at Fort Laramie. case, Fort Phil Kearny. (26 Oct 1966). “Massacre” references the 1866 Indian battle with a company of US troops under Captain William Fetterman on the Wyoming plains near Fort Phil Kearny (spelled Kearney by the author). Still, the warriors, mostly on foot, approached within a few feet of them. Just before the battle, Red Cloud called for the Lakotas' most powerful "half-man", a hermaphrodite who was believed to have special powers, to give advice from the butte overlooking the proposed ambush site. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. F. H. BROWN, who was massacred by the Indians near Fort Phil, Kearny, was the son of MATTHEW BROWN, Esq., of Toledo, Ohio. "Under no circumstances" was the relief party to "pursue over the ridge, that is Lodge Trail Ridge". [7]:157 Carrington's first opportunity to strike back came on December 6. A dramatic retelling of the 1866 Sioux victory where 81 soldiers were killed. University of New Mexico Press (July 16, 2010). Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA. Their bodies were found in a small circle, huddled together for defense. The Fetterman Massacre (also called Fetterman Fight or Battle of the Hundred Slain) is one of the events of the Great Sioux Wars. Ten Eyck advanced carefully up Lodge Trail Ridge. [31], Calitri also suggests controversy about Grummond. There is also a Fetterman Street and Fetterman Drive in Laramie, Wyoming. The tour marks the archaeological remains of the fort's buildings. Fort Phil Kearny was one the reasons for this trip. Title The Indian battle and massacre near Fort Philip Kearney, Dacotah [sic] Territory, December 21, 1866 Summary Large group of Native Americans on horseback surrounding United States Army soldiers. Carrington sent Captain Powell, his most cautious officer, out of the fort to relieve the wood train with a cavalry company and mounted infantry. Were to retreat to the spirits of our ancestors that as a soldier. 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