General Custer in Nebraska
On June 24 Pawnee Killer led a dawn attack on Custerís camp, wounding a sentry. There followed a parley between Custer and his officers and Pawnee Killer, Pole Cat, Fire Lightning and Walks Underground. Neither side was able to learn the plans of the other, and an Indian effort to separate the officers from their command was thwarted. Later Captain Hamilton and forty troopers, pursuing a decoy war party, rode into an ambush seven miles northwest of the camp but fought their way out, killing two warriors.
Custerís supply train of sixteen wagons, returning from Fort Wallace, Kansas, was attacked near Black Butte Creek, Kansas, and killed several Indians. Lt. Kidder, ten troopers and scout Red Bead, carrying orders from Fort Sedgwick, Colorado, missed Custerís camp and were killed near Beaver Creek. Their mutilated bodies were found and buried by Custer on July 12.
The flamboyant career of General Custer ended on the Little Big Horn, Montana, June 25, 1876.
Erected by Dundy County Historical Society & Nebraska State Historical Society
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 40° 2.271′ N, 101° 32.577′ W. Marker is near Benkelman, Nebraska, in Dundy County. Marker is on U.S. 34, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: US Highway 34, Benkelman NE 69021, United States of America.
More about this marker. This marker is just south of Benkelman.
Categories. • Wars, US Indian •
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