Banner in Sheridan County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The Combatants: Soldiers
The average age of an enlisted man in the United States Army was twenty-three years old. Although Fetterman’s command included veterans of the Civil War, many of the men were inexperienced in Indian warfare and had limited training with their weapons. The soldiers were also unfamiliar with the western terrain, where the clear air often visually distorts the depth and distance of valleys and ridges.
Cavalry and Infantry Men
Lieutenant George W. Grummond . . . was a 32 year old leader of Company C, 2nd U.S. Cavalry. During the Civil War he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While he narrowly escaped death on December 6, 1866, he died on December 21, covering the retreat of his comrades.
Captain Frederick Brown . . . was the Post Quartermaster, and was not assigned to Fetterman’s command. He went along for one more chance at fighting Indians before leaving on assignment the next day. He rode Calico, a horse borrowed from Carrington’s son, and his body was found with Fetterman.
Location. 44° 34.405′ N, 106° 50.459′ W. Marker is in Banner, Wyoming, in Sheridan County. Marker can be reached from Piney Creek Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Banner WY 82832, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Combatants: Warriors (within shouting distance of this marker); Two Scenarios: Fetterman Fight, December 21, 1866 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Weapons of the Fetterman Fight (about 600 feet away); Northern Plains Indian Wars (about 700 feet away); Fetterman Massacre Memorial (about 800 feet away); Fetterman Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bozeman Trail 1863 – 1868 (approx. ¼ mile away); As an Infantryman . . . (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Banner.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. See all of the markers on the Fetterman Fight Interpretive Trail.
Also see . . . The Fetterman Fight. Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 21, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Wars, US Indian •
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