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Eyewitness to the Fetterman Fight: Indian Views (Denver)

Jan 7, 2018

Presenter: Dr. John H. Monnett


The Fetterman Fight ranks among the most crushing defeats suffered by the U.S. Army in the nineteenth-century West. On December 21, 1866—during Red Cloud’s War (1866–1868)—a well-organized force of 1,500 to 2,000 Oglala Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors annihilated a detachment of seventy-nine infantry and cavalry soldiers—among them Captain William Judd Fetterman.


With no survivors on the U.S. side, the only eyewitness accounts of the battle came from Lakota and Cheyenne participants. In this lecture on his book, Eyewitness to the Fetterman Fight, award-winning historian John H. Monnett presents these Native views.


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