SHERIDAN — Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site will recognize the 147th anniversary of the Fetterman Fight with a tour of the battlefield and other activities Saturday.
Starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Fort Phil Kearny Interpretive Center, the event will include a tour of the battlefield, the Thunder Lake Singers, a Native drum presentation, Native and soldier weapons demonstrations and a book signing by Shannon Smith, author of “Give Me 80 Men: Women and the Myth of the Fetterman fight.”
Following the tour, hot drinks and snacks will be provided, visitors may ask the guides questions and view the museum. This free program will last approximately four hours and is open to everyone. Attendees are encourage to dress appropriately for the weather and anticipate wind on the battlefield.
The fight occurred on Dec. 21, 1866, between the United States 18th Infantry Second Cavalry Regiments and members of the Lakota (Sioux), Northern Cheyenne and Northern Arapahoe Native American Nations. At that time, the battle marked the largest defeat of U.S. Forces in the Northern-Plains Territories.
Smith’s “Give Me 80 Men” was a best seller in the Bozeman Trail Association Gift Shop.
Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site is located at 528 Wagon Box Road, Banner, five miles off of exit 44, Interstate 90. For more information call 684-7629 or email Misty.Stoll@wyo.gov.