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Picture of the Day: December 21

6/12/2006 • Picture of the Day


Fetterman Massacre
U.S. Army Captain William J. Fetterman once boasted, ‘Give me 80 men and I’ll march through the whole Sioux nation!’ On December 21, 1866, when Lakota warriors under the overall leadership of Chief Red Cloud gathered around Fort Phil Kearny (in what is now Wyoming), Fetterman got command of his 80 men. Disobeying the orders of his commander, Colonel Henry B Carrington, not to proceed beyond the Lodge Trail Ridge, Fetterman pursued a band of retreating Indians–and rode right into a waiting trap, allegedly laid by the Oglala warrior Crazy Horse. Fetterman, his executive officer and 78 troopers were wiped out.

Image: World History Group Archive

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