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Banner in Sheridan County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Combatants: Soldiers

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
1. The Combatants: Soldiers Marker
This is one in a series of markers that tell the story of the Fetterman Fight of December 21, 1866.
Inscription.
The average age of an enlisted man in the United States Army was twenty-three years old. Although Fetterman’s command included veterans of the Civil War, many of the men were inexperienced in Indian warfare and had limited training with their weapons. The soldiers were also unfamiliar with the western terrain, where the clear air often visually distorts the depth and distance of valleys and ridges.

Cavalry and Infantry Men
Captain William Judd Fetterman . . . was a 31 year old Brevet Lieutenant Colonel with Civil War Combat experience. In a letter he commented that “the Indians annoy us.” He probably disobeyed Colonel Carrington’s orders when he crossed over Lodge Trail Ridge. His body was found near the monument.

Lieutenant George W. Grummond . . . was a 32 year old leader of Company C, 2nd U.S. Cavalry. During the Civil War he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While he narrowly escaped death on December 6, 1866, he died on December 21, covering the retreat of his comrades.

Captain Frederick Brown . . . was the Post Quartermaster, and was not assigned to Fetterman’s command. He went along for one more chance at fighting Indians before leaving on assignment the next day. He rode Calico, a horse borrowed from Carrington’s son, and his body was found with Fetterman.
The Combatants: Soldiers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
2. The Combatants: Soldiers Marker

 
Location. 44° 34.405′ N, 106° 50.459′ W. Marker is in Banner, Wyoming, in Sheridan County. Marker can be reached from Piney Creek Road. 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. The Combatants: Warriors (within shouting distance of this marker); Two Scenarios: Fetterman Fight, December 21, 1866 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Weapons of the Fetterman Fight (about 600 feet away); Northern Plains Indian Wars (about 700 feet away); Fetterman Massacre Memorial (about 800 feet away); Fetterman Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bozeman Trail       1863 – 1868 (approx. ¼ mile away); As an Infantryman . . . (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Banner.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. See all of the markers on the Fetterman Fight Interpretive Trail.
 
Also see . . .  The Fetterman Fight. Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 21, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
Marker on the Fetterman Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
3. Marker on the Fetterman Battlefield
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 21, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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