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Kaycee in Johnson County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

The Dull Knife Battle

The Dull Knife Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2015
1. The Dull Knife Battle Marker
Inscription. In the months following Custer's defeat at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, a group of Native American members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe left their allies along the Little Big Horn River and traveled south to encamp for the winter. Led by Dull Knife and Lone Wolf, nearly 1400 people erected a 175-lodge village approximately 30 miles west of this point. The United States Army, seeking to end Native American resistance following Custer's defeat, dispatched Colonel Ranald Mackenzie and his force of 750 cavalrymen and an assortment of 400 Indian scouts to pursue Dull Knife and his people.
Aware that the U.S. Army was in pursuit, many Northern Cheyenne advocated relocating their camp to a different location. At the behest of a soldier chief named Last Bull, the camp was not moved. The night before the battle, the Cheyenne erected a large fire to celebrate the success of a recent raid against a group of Shoshone Indians. By the bitterly cold morning of November 26, 1876, Colonel MacKenzie and his men reached the village following a night march and began their attack.
Awakened by the sound of gunfire, Cheyenne warriors put up a fierce and determined resistance. Their action allowed their families to flee to a series of hills overlooking the battle site. During the battle, MacKenzie's forces captured nearly 500 Cheyenne
The Dull Knife Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2015
2. The Dull Knife Battle Marker
horses and destroy the village. The Cheyenne, now without their basic provisions and horses, faced death from exposure to the harsh winter conditions. In the following months they sought shelter among friendly tribes. By 1877, following their defeat at Dull Knife and the loss of their territory due to settlement, the Cheyenne surrendered to the U.S. Government. In 1884 they were placed on a reservation in southeast Montana.
Erected by Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.
Location. 43° 43.095′ N, 106° 38.535′ W. Marker is in Kaycee, Wyoming, in Johnson County. Marker can be reached from Mayoworth Road (State Highway 191) near Interstate 25, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Mayoworth Road, Kaycee WY 82639, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ranching on the Powder River (here, next to this marker); Powder River Country (a few steps from this marker); Chris Lee LeDoux (approx. 0.6 miles away); Nate Champion and Nick Rae (approx. 0.8 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Kaycee Rest Area west of Interstate 25 exit 254.
Regarding The Dull Knife Battle. The Dull Knife Battlefield is approximately 30-40 miles west of Kaycee, Wyoming.
Also see . . .  The Dull Knife Fight, 1876: Troops Attack a Cheyenne Village... - WyoHistory. Though the Dull Knife Fight is the most common name used for this encounter, Little Wolf was by this time the primary leader in the Cheyenne camp. Dull Knife was a much loved and respected older leader who impressed government officials with statesmanlike qualities during their early dealings with the tribe. Later he was a key figure in the Fort Robinson Breakout in Nebraska in 1879. Dull Knife’s Cheyenne name was Morning Star; the name Dull Knife was given him by Lakota relatives. (Submitted on December 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 270 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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