Nebraska Historical Marker: Fighting in the Buttes

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Nebraska Historical Marker: Fighting in the Buttes

Fighting in the Buttes Marker


Old Smiley Scenic Drive, near Fort Robinson State Park, Sioux County, Nebraska

View this marker's location 42.665209, -103.525111

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Marker Text

After escaping from Fort Robinson on January 9, 1879, the Cheyennes climbed the buttes to the south and fled through this area, pursued by Third Cavalrymen. Soldiers and Cheyennes fought sharp engagements west of here on January 11 and 13. The pursuit continued to near the Wyoming border before the Cheyennes turned northeast. On January 22 the survivors reached Antelope Creek, north of present day Harrison. In a final charge by the soldiers, the last thirty-two Cheyennes were killed or captured.

Further Information


Roger T Grange Jr, “Treating the Wounded at Fort Robinson,” Nebraska History 45 (1964): 273-294

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