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Near Goodland in Sherman County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Kidder Massacre

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2014
1. The Kidder Massacre Marker
Inscription.  About July 1, 1867, Lt. Lyman S. Kidder with ten men of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry, and an Indian guide, were attacked by Indians one mile east of this marker. On July 12 their mutilated bodies were found by Lt. Col. George A. Custer, who ordered the unidentifiable remains buried on the spot in a common grave.

In March, 1868, the bodies were recovered by a detachment from Fort Wallace under command of Lt. Frederick H. Beecher, 3rd U.S. Infantry, who later that year was to die at the Battle of Beecher Island in northeastern Colorado. Kidder’s body, identified by a shirt he wore, was taken to St. Paul, Minn., by his father. The others were reburied at Fort Wallace, but in 1886 were removed to Fort Leavenworth military cemetery.
 
Erected 1969 by Citizens of Tri State Area.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWars, US Indian. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1868.
 
Location. 39° 31.46′ N, 101° 33.324′ W. Marker is near Goodland, Kansas, in Sherman County. Marker is at the intersection of County Route
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2014
2. The Kidder Massacre Marker
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28 and 77, on the right when traveling north on County Route 28. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goodland KS 67735, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. (Indian Skirmish) (here, next to this marker); The Big Easel (approx. 15.2 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 923 times since then and 166 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.

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