Banner in Sheridan County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
On July 3, 1908, Henry B. Carrington, Frances Grummond Carrington and veterans of the Fort Phil Kearny garrison attended a memorial ceremony to dedicate this monument. Colonel Carrington and others recounted the events surrounding the battle of December 21, 1866, and their experiences at the fort.
To honor the battlefield dead, the monument had been constructed during the previous two years by local stonemasons. There are, however, several inaccuracies in the legend and some of the language reflects the racial feelings of the times. Historical records show that only two civilians were killed, not the four mentioned in the legend. Current scholars also question whether Red Cloud led or was even at the battle. Native American oral histories do not mention his presence, but do mention numerous other Sioux and Cheyenne leaders. Finally, the plaque states “there were no survivors.” But it obviously refers only to U.S. military casualties since approximately 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne did in fact survive.
Today, this monument still honors the battlefield dead, but it should be remembered that members of two cultures died here, both fighting for their nations.
Location. 44° 34.275′ N, 106° 50.473′ W. Marker is in Banner, Wyoming, in Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Banner WY 82832, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fetterman Massacre Memorial (here, next to this marker); Northern Plains Indian Wars (a few steps from this marker); The Combatants: Soldiers (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Combatants: Warriors (approx. 0.2 miles away); Two Scenarios: Fetterman Fight, December 21, 1866 (approx. ¼ mile away); Weapons of the Fetterman Fight (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Bozeman Trail 1863 – 1868 (approx. 0.4 miles away); As an Infantryman . . . (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Banner.
More about this marker. A picture of the Fetterman Monument appears at the center of the marker. Two photographs at the bottom of the marker depict the “1908 dedication participants Henry and Francis Carrington, center uniform and white blouse,” and the 1908 Dedication Ceremony.
Categories. • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 265 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 19, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.