Grattan's Fight

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Date of Battle: August 19, 1854

Location of Battle: Torrington, WY

GPS  N: 42-07.936

         W: 104-24.332

Participants: Lt. John L Grattan with 30 men and 2 artillery pieces against a Sioux Camp.

Grattan went to arrest an Indian who shot an old cow belonging to a Mormon emigrant.  A fight erupted and about half the soldiers were killed on the spot.  The other half fought their way out of the camp but were killed.  1 Indian and 31 soldiers were killed.

For more information see:

Encyclopedia of Indian Wars

The Fighting Cheyennes

Life of George Bent

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