Milk Creek

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Other Names: White River Agency, Red Canyon

Date of Battle: September 29, 1879

Location of Battle: Meeker, CO



Participants: Major Thomas T Thornburgh with 120 troops fought 300 Utes

The 120 troops were surrounded by the 300 Utes and the siege lasted 5 days.  It was finally broken when Col. Wesley Merritt arrived on October 5 with four companies of cavalry and five companies of infantry.  37 Indians and 13 soldiers were killed.

For more information see:

Encyclopedia of Indian Wars

Indian Wars of the West

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