The Fight of the Arickaree Fork, 16-26th September, 1868 Angus Evan Abbott

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The Fight of the Arickaree Fork, 16-26th September, 1868 by Angus Evan Abbott
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The Battle of Beecher Island, also known as the Battle of Arikaree Fork, was an armed conflict between elements of the United States Army and several of the Plains native American tribes in September 1868. Beecher Island, on the Arikaree River, thenMoreThe Battle of Beecher Island, also known as the Battle of Arikaree Fork, was an armed conflict between elements of the United States Army and several of the Plains native American tribes in September 1868.

Beecher Island, on the Arikaree River, then known as part of the North Fork of the Republican River, near present-day Wray, Colorado, was named afterwards for Lieutenant Fredrick H. Beecher, an army officer killed during the battle.In the summer and fall of 1868, continuing their annual seasonal raiding activities between the Arkansas and Platte Rivers in what was also the region of their best buffalo hunting, bands of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians conducted raids against settlers throughout the western Great Plains in Kansas.

In August 1868, acting Governor Frank Hall of Colorado ask for military assistance after 79 settlers were killed in repeated attacks on farms, ranches, way stations, and travel routes.Major George Alexander Forsyth of the 9th Cavalry, a Civil War veteran, was tasked by General Sheridan to raise a company of fifty first-class hardy frontiersmen, to be used as scouts against the hostile Indians. They were to seek out and engage the marauders using their tactics, rather than those of the traditional Army.

Forsyth hand-picked 48 men at Forts Harker and Hays and armed them with Spencer repeating rifles.Roman Nose, war leader of the Cheyenne, had planned a dawn raid to overrun the camp of 50 U.S. scouts, but the element of surprise was lost when a few eager warriors rushed the scouts camp before the order to attack was given.Seeing that no escape route was open, Forsyth directed his men to take cover on a sand bar in the middle of the Arikaree.

The number of attacking Indians was estimated at 1,000.This book details the ensuing battle that resulted from this encounter. After the battle, the Forsyth Scouts arrived back at Fort Wallace on 30 September. General George Custer later proclaimed that the Arickaree fight was …the greatest battle on the plains. To the Cheyenne, the engagement would be remembered as The Fight when Roman Nose was Killed.This book originally published in 1897 has been reformatted for the Kindle and may contain an occasional defect from the original publication or from the reformatting.



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