Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The Battle of Red Buttes
Unaware of the morning’s skirmish, Custard barely had time to assume a defensive position when a large group of Indians attacked. The 4-hour battle ended when the Indians overran the soldier’s position.
The next day a detachment from Platte Bridge Station found the bodies of Sgt. Custard and 20 of his men. The only survivors were three of the five men on advance patrol from the supply train who made their way here to safety.
Erected 1988 by Natrona County Historical Society.
Location. 42° 50.196′ N, 106° 22.26′ W. Marker is in Casper, Wyoming, in Natrona County. Marker can be reached from Fort Caspar Road near South West Wyoming Boulevard (Wyoming Highway 258), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4001 Fort Caspar Road, Casper WY 82604, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle at Platte Bridge Old Fort Caspar (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Reconstructed Fort Caspar (within shouting distance of this marker); Platte Bridge Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Indians Of Wyoming (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Stuart Cabin Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Oregon Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pony Express (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Casper.
More about this marker. This maker is on the pathway leading from the museum to the reconstructed fort.
Also see . . . The Battles of Platte Bridge Station and Red Buttes -- WyoHistory. Custard's men corralled the wagons and piled cargo underneath them to form a breastwork of sorts. They held off the Indians until about 4 p.m., at which time the men in the station saw smoke rising from burning wagons. (Submitted on December 18, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 18, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 18, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.