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Other Names:  Wolf Mountains

Date of Battle:  Jan. 8, 1877

Location of Battle:  Birney, MT

GPS  N:  45-17.173

         W:  106-34.816

Participants: Colonel Nelson A Miles with companies of the 5th and 22nd Infantry fought Crazy Horse and about 500 Sioux warriors.

Miles was expecting an attack while camped along the Tongue River.  Crazy Horse began maneuvering for an advantage but every time the Indians congregated for an attack, the artillery bombarded them.  After about 5 hours a new blizzard blew in and the Indians withdrew.  Each side lost 3 men.


For more information see:

Battles and Skirmishes of the great Sioux War

Centennial Campaign

Encyclopedia of Indian Wars

Indian Fights and Fighters

Indian Wars of the West

Plains Indian Raiders

Personal Recollections of Gen N A Miles

Traveler's Guide to the Great Sioux War

Yellowstone Command

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