Lame Deer

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Other Names:  Muddy Creek

Date of Battle: May 7, 1877

Location of Battle: Lame Deer, MT

GPS  N: 45-36.798

         W: 106-39.196

Participants: Colonel Nelson Miles along with companies of the 5th and 22nd Infantry and  2nd Cavalry attacked a 61 lodge camp of Sioux that were following Chief Lame Deer.


They reached the sleeping village of Sioux at 4:30 AM and they rode through.  One of the scouts found Chief Lame Deer and Miles asked to talk with him.  A scuffle erupted and Lame Deer was shot 17 times and then scalped by White Bull.  The soldiers bore down on the village and it was over in a few minutes.  30 Indians and 4 soldiers were killed in the short battle.


For more information see:

Battles and Skirmishes of the great Sioux War

Centennial Campaign

Encyclopedia of Indian Wars

The Fighting Cheyennes

Indian Fights and Fighters

Indian Wars of the West

Personal Recollections of General Nelson A Miles

Traveler's Guide to the Great Sioux War

Yellowstone Command

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