Story in Sheridan County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Wagon Box Monument
Before you stands a monument dedicated to the courage and bravery of the defenders in the Wagon Box Fight of August 2, 1867. This monument was built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The legend was written by local historians and although it was accurate with the information available at the time, it is now known to contain several discrepancies. Also, it makes no mention of the Lakota warriors who died on this field in defense of their culture.
It is not known if Red Cloud was the actual leader during this battle and the number of Lakota warriors who were involved in the Wagon Box Fight is now estimated to be 1,000 to 1,500. Native American casualty estimates, based on oral histories, vary from six to sixty.
Two Lakota individuals mentioned in both white and Indian accounts of the battle should be noted: one is Red Cloud’s nephew whose name is unknown; the other is a Miniconjou Sioux named Jipala. Both were killed during the battle, but they displayed unusual courage and leadership in their numerous attempts to defeat the corral defenders.
Location. 44° 33.528′ N, 106° 53.896′ W. Marker is in Story, Wyoming, in Sheridan County. Marker can be reached from Wagon Box Road. Click for map. Marker is located on a walking trail
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wagon Box Fight (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); Wood Cutting: A Hazardous Harvest (a few steps from this marker); The Wagon Box Fight: Continuing Controversies (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.
More about this marker. A picture of the Wagon Box Monument appears at the top of the marker. Two photographs at the bottom of the marker depict men marking the location in 1919 and the original marker (located nearby).
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 August 19, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.