Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site invites visitors to experience the dramatic events of the Wagon Box Fight with living history demonstrations, lectures, and games at Fort Phil Kearny and the Wagon Box Fight Site on August 2-3, 2013. Headlining the event is expert military bugler Craig Fischer, who will demonstrate the purpose and technique of the bugle for the frontier military.
On Friday, August 2, join us for a discussion and demonstration detailing the events of the Wagon Box Fight that occurred 146 years ago. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Wagon Box Fight Site on Wagon Box Road off of Piney Creek, Exit 44, Interstate 90. Costumed guides will narrate developments of the battle, the role of the landscape, and participants, including Crazy Horse and Red Cloud of the Lakota Nation.
On Saturday, August 3, events begin at 10:00 a.m. at Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site. Activities include bugling demonstrations; opportunities to participate in marching drills, archery and musket loading; a “treasure hunt”; tour traditional Lakota and Crow teepees and 1866 U.S. Army pup-tents; and take a guided history and nature tour along the newly-cut trail on Lower Piney Creek. Visitors will be asked to submit suggestions to name the new trail. Living history demonstrations will include infantry, cavalry, and artillery weapons and accoutrements. The fort’s field howitzer will be fired every hour, on the hour between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Visitors are reminded to dress for the weather in hats and sunscreen and to bring water. Beverages and snacks are also available in the Bozeman Trail Association Gift Shop. Fort Phil Kearny State History Site is located at 528 Wagon Box Rd in Banner, Wyoming. For more information, call (307) 684-7629 or email Misty Stoll.