The Skirmish at Spring Creek
On May 15 Sergeant Patrick J. Leonard and Privates Heath Canfield, Michael Himmelsbach, Thomas Hubbard, and George W. Thompson were sent to search for lost horses on Spring Creek. Near this spot on May 17 the five soldiers were attacked by about fifty Indians. After a two-hour skirmish in which Hubbard was wounded and the cavalrymen's horses killed, the Indians withdrew.
When a report of the skirmish reached Secretary of War William W. Belknap, he ordered Medals of Honor presented to Leonard, Canfield, Himmelsbach, Hubbard, and Thompson. More Medals of Honor were won in this brief engagement than in any other incident in Nebraska's military history.
Erected by Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 330.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 40° 8.822′ N, 97° 54.767′ W. Marker is in Ruskin, Nebraska, in Nuckolls County. Marker is on U.S. 136. Click for map. The marker is
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1864 Indian Raids (approx. 15.1 miles away).
Categories. • Wars, US Indian •
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