ash creek

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Other Names:  Red Water,

Date of Battle: Dec. 18, 1876

Location of Battle: Brockway, MT

GPS  N: 47-07.488

         W: 105-39.126

Participants: 5th Infantry under Lt. Baldwin and 122 lodges of Sioux under Sitting Bull

The soldiers were chasing the Lakota around the Fort Peck area and got word that they had gone south to Red Water Creek.  After crossing the Missouri on thin ice, they caught up with the Indians on Ash Creek, a fork of Red Water Creek, and attacked the village.  Most of the men were out hunting so the troops met very little resistance.  They captured about 60 horses, gathered supplies they needed, and destroyed the village, leaving the Indians without a good stock of supplies for the coming winter.

 

For more information see:

Battles and Skirmishes of the Great Sioux War

Centennial Campaign

Encyclopedia of Indian Wars

Yellowstone Command

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