BeEcher's Island

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Other Names: Forsyth Fight

Date of Battle: September, 14, 1868

Location of Battle: Wray, CO

GPS 

N:  39-52.332

W:  102-11.147

Participants: Major Forsyth with 50 men against 500 Cheyenne and Sioux

Surrounded on a small Island the 50 frontiersman held off the Indians for five days until a unit of Buffalo Soldiers arrived to rescue them.  6 of Forsyth's men and about 30 Indians were killed.

For more information see:

Encyclopedia of Indian Wars

The Fighting Cheyennes

Indian Wars of the Great Plains

Indian Fights and Fighters

Indian Wars of the West

Life of George Bent

Plains Indian Raiders

Tribal Wars on the Southern Plains

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