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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.
 
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 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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. (Indian Skirmish) (here, next to this marker).
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2014
2. The Kidder Massacre Marker
 Kidder Massacre - Legends of Kansas. Kidder reached Custer's campsite on the evening of July 1st, but found it abandoned. Unbeknownst to Fort Sedgwick, Custer had left the area, scouting further south, then northwest. In the moonlight, Kidder mistook a trail of a wagon train that Custer had sent to Fort Wallace for Custer's own trail. He and his men then followed the wrong path. (Submitted on November 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
 
The Kidder Massacre image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
3. The Kidder Massacre
The Kidder Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
4. The Kidder Massacre Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 370 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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