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Near Williston in Williams County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Field Officers' Quarters

Fort Buford State Historic Site

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2019
1. Field Officers' Quarters Marker
Captions: (center line, left middle, right) Sitting Bull, August 2, 1881; Crow Foot, Sitting Bull's son; Major David H. Brotherton; (top right) Harper's Weekly Illustration of Sitting Bull's band on its way to Fort Buford from Canada, June 19, 1881.
Inscription.  This building was constructed in 1871 as the post commanding officers' quarters. It served in that capacity until 1889, when a new commanding officers' quarters was built near the north side of the post. The single most important event that occurred in this building was the formal surrender of the Hunkpapa leader Sitting Bull. This event helped end warfare on the Northern Plains.
On July 20, 1881, Sitting Bull met in this building with Major David H. Brotherton, Fort Buford's Commanding Officer. At Sitting Bull's side was his young son Crow Foot. Sitting Bull gave his Winchester rifle to Crow Foot and then told him to give the rifle to Major Brotherton.

"I surrender this rifle to you through my young son, who I now desire to teach in this manner, now that he has become a friend of the American people. I wish to teach him the habits of the whites and to have him educated as their sons are educated. I wish it to be remembered that I was the last man in my tribe to surrender my rifle..." -- Sitting Bull, as recorded by Joe Culbertson, Indian Scout.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2019
2. Field Officers' Quarters and Marker
North Dakota.
 
Location. 47° 59.188′ N, 104° 0.052′ W. Marker is near Williston, North Dakota, in Williams County. Marker can be reached from 39th Lane Northwest near 153rd Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williston ND 58801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Infantry Barracks (a few steps from this marker); Telegraph Office (a few steps from this marker); Fort Buford Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Parade Ground (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Buford State Historic Site (about 400 feet away); Post Trader's Complex (about 500 feet away); Powder Magazine (approx. 0.2 miles away); North Dakota Masonic Foundation (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williston.
 
More about this marker. This marker is on the grounds of Fort Buford State Historic Site.
 
Also see . . .  Tataηka Iyotaηka (Sitting Bull) -- Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center. In May 1877, he led his band to Canada, beyond the reach of the US Army....Four years later, however, Sitting Bull found it nearly impossible to feed his people in a world where the buffalo was almost extinct. So, he moved south to surrender. (Submitted on December 2, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNative AmericansWars, US Indian
 
Sitting Bull and family image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
3. Sitting Bull and family
1881 at Ft Randall rear L–R Good Feather Woman (sister), Walks Looking (daughter) front L–R Her Holy Door (mother), Sitting Bull, Many Horses (daughter) with her son, Courting a Woman -- Wikipedia
Dakota Territory -- Sitting Bull Indians image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
4. Dakota Territory -- Sitting Bull Indians
Crossing the Yellowstone River, near Fort Keogh, to Surrender to General Miles.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 2, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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