Ranchester in Sheridan County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The Battle of Tongue River
† † † On this site during the early morning hours of August 29, 1865, General Patrick Edward Connor led over 200 troops in an attack on Chief Black Bearís Arapaho village. Connor had departed from Fort Laramie on July 30th with 184 wagons, a contingent of Pawnee scouts, nearly 500 cavalrymen and the aging Jim Bridger as guide. His column was one of three comprising the Powder River Indian Expedition sent to secure the Bozeman and other emigrant trails leading to the Montana mining fields.
† † † During the Battle of Tongue River, Connor was able to inflict serious damage on the Arapahos, but an aggressive counter attack forced him to retreat back to the newly established Fort Connor (later renamed Reno) on the banks of the Powder River. There he received word that he had been reassigned to his old command in the District of Utah.
† † † The Powder River Expedition, one of the most comprehensive campaigns against the Plains Indians, never completely succeeded. Connor had planned a complex operation only to be defeated by bad weather, inhospitable terrain and hostile Indians. Long term effects of the Expedition proved detrimental to the interests of the Powder River tribes. The Army, with the establishment of Fort Connor (Reno), increased public awareness on this area which in turn caused more emigrants to use the Bozeman
Location. 44° 54.283′ N, 107° 9.771′ W. Marker is in Ranchester, Wyoming, in Sheridan County. Marker can be reached from Gillette Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in Connor Battlefield State Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Ranchester WY 82839, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Connor Battlefield State Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Connor Battlefield State Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Connor Battlefield (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ranchester (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bozeman Trail (approx. 3.3 miles away); Stagecoach Roads in Sheridan County (approx. 3.4 miles away); Tongue River Crossing (approx. 3.4 miles away); First Woman Mayor in Wyoming (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ranchester.
Categories. • Wars, US Indian •
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