Living History Program Remembers the Bloody Fetterman Battle with Annual Tour and Costumed Guides.
Fort Phil Kearny State History Site staff, members of the Fort Phil Kearny/Bozeman Trail Association, and Kearny’s Frontier Regulars will commemorate the 146th Anniversary of the Fetterman Fight with a tour of the battleground, December 21 beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The fight occurred on December 21, 1866 between the United States 18th Infantry Regiment escorted by members of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment and members of the Lakota (Sioux), Northern Cheyenne, and North Arapahoe Native American Nations. At that time, the battle was the largest defeat of U.S. Forces in the Northern-Plains Territories.
The tour will begin at the Fort Phil Kearny Interpretive Center, five miles west, off exit 44, Interstate 90.
Costumed guides will begin with a brief description of the history leading up to and including the activities at the fort site on the morning of the battle.
An introduction will include a description and demonstration of the weapons used by Native American warriors and U.S. Soldiers. Visitors will then carpool to the battlefield. At the battlefield, visitors will tour the fight site as guides Bob Wilson, retired Fort Phil Kearny superintendent, and Terry Richards, Oglala Lakota, describe battle maneuvers, accounts of heroic personal actions on both sides, and a history of the battle’s tragic consequences for both nations.
Following the tour, hot drinks and snacks will be provided at the Interpretive Center with an opportunity for visitors to ask questions of the guides and view the museum.
The complete tour will take approximately three hours. Visitors are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather and expect wind at the battlefield. Fees for the site, museum and tour have been waived for all visitors for the anniversary tour.
Fort Phil Kearny State History Site is located at 528 Wagon Box Rd in Banner, Wyoming. For more information call (307) 684-7629