Other Names: Muddy Creek
Date of Battle: May 7, 1877
Location of Battle: Lame Deer, MT
GPS N: 45-36.798
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
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
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