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The Wagon Box Fight in Wyoming...
Item # 669938
August 15, 1867
CONCORD DAILY MONITOR, New Hampshire, Aug. 15, 1867
* Wagon Box Fight... Red Cloud's War
* Fort Phil Kearny, Wyoming
The top of page 2 has a report; "Fight With The Indians - Leiut. Jenness Killed".
The report notes in part: "...that a hard fought battle between the Indians & whites occurred near Fort Phil Kearney...party left the fort for the purpose of gathering fuel...band of 250 savages made an attack upon them. The whites made a desperate resistance...The whites then took position behind breastworks made of wagon-boxes ox-yokes & the savages encircled them with wild yells..." with more.
This was known as the "Wagon Box Fight" during Red Cloud's War. The soldiers had a defensive wall of wagon boxes to protect them. They held off the attackers for hours with few casualties, although they lost a large number of horses and mules driven off by the raiders. This was the last major engagement of the war.
Four pages, nice condition.
Category: Post-Civil War