Wagon Box Fight State Site

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Wagon Box Fight State Site

Wyoming

(307) 684-7629

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Overview

The Wagon Box Fight was one of the key skirmishes in the Indian Wars that raged along the Bozeman Trail. In August 1867, several months after their triumph over troops commanded by Captain William Fetterman, Sioux Indian forces attacked woodcutters and soldiers camped five miles from Fort Phil Kearny. During initial stages of the battle, 26 soldiers and 6 civilians took refuge inside an oval of wagon boxes used as a stockade corral. Armed with brand new breechloading rifles, the troops held off the intense attacks until a relief force arrived, sustaining only three fatalities.

This monument was erected to perpetuate the memory of one of the famous battles of history. It is dedicated to the courage and bravery of 28 soldiers in Company C, 27th United States Infantry, and four civilians, who held their improvised fort made of 14 ordinary wagon-boxes against three thousand Sioux warriors under the leadership of Red Cloud for a period of six or seven hours under continuous fire. The number of indians killed has been variously estimated from three hundred to eleven hundred.

Map of Wagon Box Fight State Site (WY)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.618150, -106.855345

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    Enjoy a monument erected to remember the men who participated in the Wagon Box Fight.

  • Picnicking

    There is a picnic area with restrooms.

Seasonality/Weather

Site grounds open year round, weather permitting from sunrise to sunset.

Directions

Driving

Access Interstate 90 at exit 44 U.S. Highway 87. It is located 22-miles north of Buffalo 20-miles south of Sheridan.

Phone Numbers

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(307) 684-7629

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