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The Battle of the Hundred-in-the-Hands, also known as the Fetterman Fight, was a battle during Red Cloud’s War on December 21, 1866, between the Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians and soldiers of the United States Army. All 81 men under the command of Captain William J. Fetterman were killed by the Indians. At the time, it was the worst military disaster ever suffered by the U.S. Army on the Great Plains. The battle led to an Indian victory, with the U.S. forces withdrawing from the area. The Fetterman Fight took place in Crow Indian treaty guaranteed land, where the Lakotas and their Indian allies were without consent from the Crows.

December 21st, 2016 was the 150th anniversary of the conflict. Unlike the original combatants, re-enactors from Wyoming, Montana and Colorado along with the Real Bird Family of the Crow Indian Reservation had the luxury of postponing the fight to avoid inclement weather. The reenactment was presented in April 2017 by Wyoming State Parks and the Fort Phil Kearny Bozeman Trail Association, at Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site. For more information on this event, and upcoming events, visit www.fortphilkearny.com.

 


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