“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Rosebud in Rosebud County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Ready to March

Ready to March Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
1. Ready to March Marker
Inscription.  A few days after the Custer disaster on June 25, 1876, General Alfred Terry moved the decimated Seventh Cavalry to Fort Pease on the Yellowstone waiting nearly a month for additional troops and supplies.
By late July, the steamboats contracted by the military to resupply and reinforce Terry's command were having a difficult time getting upriver to the Bighorn due to mid-summer low water so Terry moved his command down to Rosebud Creek where he prepared to take to the field in pursuit of the hostiles.
Twelve companies of infantry arrived on the supply steamers in early August to reinforce General Terry's command that now numbered about 1800 troopers when the march up Rosebud Creek began on August 9, 1876.
Even with the significant numbers of troopers present and the strategic importance of the site, the twelve-day long bivouac at the confluence of the Rosebud never picked up an official name from the military although it could be called Rosebud Camp III since the Montana Column had already occupied the same area on two separate occasions earlier in the campaign.
Interestingly, one of the infantry companies attached
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to the command built some breastworks during their time in bivouac here in August 1876. One of the troopers called it Fort "Bean" in jest to go along with the actual Fort Pease and Rice.
Prior to this time, there had been discussions about locating a military post at the mouth of Rosebud Creek but this was dropped when, like the Bighorn confluence upriver, low water in mid-summer prevented the supply steamers from getting up the river. Eventually the site for a permanent post was chosen at the mouth of the Tongue River with construction on Fort Keogh beginning in February of 1877.
Erected by Custer Circle Project - 2017 and Forsyth Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Wars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is August 9, 1879.
Location. 46° 16.81′ N, 106° 29.125′ W. Marker is near Rosebud, Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is on Fishing Access Road near State Highway 446. The marker is found at the end of the fishing access road when heading west from Montana Highway 446. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rosebud MT 59347, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rosebud Creek (approx. half a mile away); The Seventh Passes in Review (approx. 2 miles away); St. Philip's Episcopal Church (approx.
Ready to March Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
2. Ready to March Marker
2.2 miles away); Scouting South of the Yellowstone (approx. 2.8 miles away); Grave of Unknown Man (approx. 6.8 miles away); Join the Voyage of Discovery (approx. 8.6 miles away); The Hell Creek Formation (approx. 8.6 miles away); Cattle Brands (approx. 8.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rosebud.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 247 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 13, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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