Near Goodland in Sherman County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Kidder Massacre
In March, 1868, the bodies were recovered by a detachment from Fort Wallace under command of Lt. Frederick H. Beecher, 3rd U.S. Infantry, who later that year was to die at the Battle of Beecher Island in northeastern Colorado. Kidder’s body, identified by a shirt he wore, was taken to St. Paul, Minn., by his father. The others were reburied at Fort Wallace, but in 1886 were removed to Fort Leavenworth military cemetery.
Erected 1969 by Citizens of Tri State Area.
Location. 39° 31.46′ N, 101° 33.324′ W. Marker is near Goodland, Kansas, in Sherman County. Marker is at the intersection of County Route 28 and 77, on the right when traveling north on County Route 28. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goodland KS 67735, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. (Indian Skirmish) (here, next to this marker).
Also see . . . Kidder Massacre - Legends of Kansas. Kidder reached Custer's campsite on the evening of July 1st, but found it abandoned. Unbeknownst to Fort Sedgwick, Custer had left the area, scouting further south, then northwest. In the moonlight, Kidder mistook a trail of a wagon train that Custer had sent to Fort Wallace for Custer's own trail. He and his men then followed the wrong path. (Submitted on November 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 353 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.