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Wagon Box Fight

August 2, 1867

 
 
Wagon Box Fight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
1. Wagon Box Fight Marker
Inscription.
          This monument is erected to perpetuate the memory of one of the famous battles of history. It is dedicated to the courage and bravery of twenty-eight soldiers in Company C, 27th United States Infantry, and four civilians, who held their improvised fort made of fourteen ordinary wagon-boxes, against three thousand Sioux warriors under the leadership or Red Cloud, for a period of six or seven hours under continuous fire. The number of Indians killed has been variously estimated from three hundred to eleven hundred.

The following participated in this engagement:
Capt. Jas Powell           1st Lt. John G. Jenness
1st Sgt. John M. Hoover           Corp. Max Littman
1st Sgt. John H. McQuiery           Corp. Francis Robertson

Privates
Wm. A. Baker • Ashton P. Barton • Wm. Black • Chas. Brooks • Alexander Brown • Denis Brown • John Buzzard • Fredrick Clads • James Condon • Thomas Doyle • Nolan V. Deming • John Grady • John M. Garrett • Henry Gross • Samuel Gibson • Henry Haggerty • Mark Haller • Phillip C. Jones • Freeland Phillips • John L. Somers • Chas. A. Stevens • Julius Strange • 4 Unknown Civilians       KILLED

Erected April, 1936 by U.S. Civil Conservation Corps.
under the direction of the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce

 
Erected 1936
Wagon Box Fight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
2. Wagon Box Fight Marker
by U.S. Civil Conservation Corps.
 
Location. 44° 33.528′ N, 106° 53.897′ W. Marker is in Story, Wyoming, in Sheridan County. Marker is on Wagon Box Road. Click for map. Marker is located in Wagon Box Fight State Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Story WY 82842, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wagon Box Monument (here, next to this marker); A Fight to Survive (here, next to this marker); Valor in Attack (here, next to this marker); The Aftermath: Two Versions of Victory (a few steps from this marker); The Battle, August 2, 1867 (a few steps from this marker); The Wagon Box Fight: Continuing Controversies (a few steps from this marker); Wood Cutting: A Hazardous Harvest (a few steps from this marker); Red Cloud’s Victory (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Story.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. See all of the markers found on the Wagon Box Fight walking trail.
 
Also see . . .  The Wagon Box Fight, 1867. Account of the battle from the Wyoming State Historical Society. (Submitted on July 24, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
Wagon Box Fight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
3. Wagon Box Fight Marker
Wagon Box Fight Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
4. Wagon Box Fight Historic Site
The monument is located in the Wagon Fight State Historic Site. It marks the site of the dramatic standoff between soldiers from Fort Phil Kearny and mostly Lakota warriors.
Wagon Box Fight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
5. Wagon Box Fight Marker
During the battle, the soldiers fought from a fort composed of several wagon boxes like this one arranged in an oval. This wagon box is near the monument.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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