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Casualties of The Fetterman Fight

Imagine yourself back in 1866, December 21 to be exact. You are a young recruit serving at an outpost in Dakota Territory called Fort Phil Kearny. It is a young fort, only started the previous July. Since its beginnings there have been many troubles with the Indians. Raiding parties steal horses, mules, cattle, whatever they can get. Often the raids occur every 2 or 3 days. Most of the men with you are young, some are from other countries, with little or no experience at Army life. The commander of Fort Kearny is Col. Carrington. The man leading you now is Capt. William Judd Fetterman. With him is Lt. George W. Grummond. There are 80 military men and 2 civilians marching this time.

At first you had been ordered to relieve a wood train because it was believed by your superiors to be under attack. You have left the fort and are now marching north. It is cold, very cold, but you keep marching until you come to a ridge about 5 miles north of the fort where you come upon the Bozeman Trail. All of a sudden INDIANS! Many, many Indians. You are surrounded. The cavalry that had been beside the infantry until moments before, is now north of you, dismounting and starting to fight. There is chaos everywhere. Every man starts shooting, men falling all around you. Weird, eerie war cries from the Indians. You can't tell which tribes they are, but have heard there are Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe in this area. These are their last great hunting grounds and they will defend them. There are so many Indians, maybe upwards of 2,000, compared to only 82 of you and your companions.

The firing is slowing now, lasting for less than a half-hour. Silence now. Capt. Tenodore Ten Eyck arrives, but too late for you and your friends. He finds bodies stretched out along a mile and a half of ridge, all dead, all horribly mutilated. Half of the bodies are taken back to the fort that afternoon. The rest will be retrieved the following day.

Due in part to the Fetterman Fight, Col. Carrington will be ordered elsewhere, his superior in Omaha will also have a change in locations. December 21, 1866 was the second largest major victory for the Indians, the first being nine and one-half years later, and 80 miles further north at a place called Little Big Horn.

Co. A Roster - Second Battalion, 18th Infantry
Co. C 18th Infantry
Co. E 18th Infantry
Co. H. 18th Infantry
Second Cavalry, U. S. A. Troop C
Commissioned Officers
Co. A Roster - Second Battalion, 18th Infantry

ACKERMAN, Private Fred 

     BATZLER, Private William
     BURKE, Private Thomas
     BUCHANAN, Private Henry

     DEHRING, Private Mavemelian 
     DULE, Corporal William

     GOODALL, Private George E. R.
     GORDON, Private Francis S. 

     HARLEN, Private Michal 

     KELLY, Private Martin 

     LANGE, First Sergeant Augustus
     LENNON, Corporal Robert

     MURPHY, Sergeant Huge 

     SHANNON, Private Patrick

     TAYLOR, Private Charles N. 
     THOMAS, Private Joseph D. 
     THORRY, Private David 
     TIMSON, Private John 

     WALTER, Private Albert H. 
     WEAVER, Private John M. 
     WOODRUFF, Private John 

Co. C 18th Infantry

ACRONS, Private Henry E. 

     BAUR, Corporal Gustave A. 

     GALLAGHER, Corporal Patrack 

     O'Garra, Private Michael 

     RAYMOND, Sergeant Francis 
     ROONEY, Sergeant Patrick 
     ROSENBURG, Private Jacob 

     SMITH, Private Patrick 
     SULLIVAN, Private Frank P. 

Co. E 18th Infantry

BURRELL, Private George W. 

     CALLIMANS, Private Timothy 

     MAHAR, Private John 
     MORGAN, Sergeant William 

     QUINN, Corporal John 

     WATTERBURY, Private George N. 

Co. H. 18th Infantry

BISSEL, Private Ephriam C. 

     CARSTON, Corporal Frank 

     DAVIS, Private George 
     DOLAND, Private Perry F. 

     GRIFFIN, Private Asa H. 

     KEIL, Private Herman 
     KEAN, Private James 
     KINNEY, Private Michael 

     PHILLIP, Corporal George 

     REED, Private Delos 

     SHARKEY, Corporal Michael
     SMITH, Sergeant Alex 


MADDEN, Recruit Thomas 

Second Cavalry, U. S. A. Troop C

AMBERSON, Private Thomas 

     BAKER, Sergeant James 
     BROGLIN, Private Thomas 
     BUGHUE, Private William 

     CORNOG, Private William 
     CUDDY, Private Charles 
     CLANCY, Private Pat 

     DEMING, Private Harry S. 
     DORAN, Private Hugh B. 

     FITZGERALD, Private Andrew M. 
     FOREMAN, Private Nathan 

     GAMFORD, Private Charles 
     GILES, Private John 
     GREEN, Private Daniel 

     HORRIGAN, Corporal Thomas F. 
     HOUSER, Private Ferdinand 

     JONES, Private Frank 

     KELLY, Corporal James 

     McCARTY, John 
     McCOLLEY, Private John 
     McGUIRE, Private James B. 
     METZGER, Bugler Adolph 

     NUGENT, Private George W. 

     PAYNE, Private Franklin 

     RYAN, Private James 

     WILLIAMS, Private Oliver 

Commissioned Officers

FETTERMAN, Capt.William J.  (Brevet Lt. Col.) 18th Infantry

     BROWN, Capt. Fred H., 18th Infantry

     GRUMMOND, Lieutenant George W. , 18th Infantry



     WHEATLEY, John