Poplar River

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Date of Battle: January 2, 1881

Location of Battle: Poplar, MT



Participants: Major Guildo Ilges with 300 men attacked a camp of 400 Lakotas.

Late in 1880 a group of Lakotas were convinced to surrender at the Poplar River Agency.  As they gathered they became belligerent and the Agent requested more soilders.  Major Ilges left Fort Keogh with 180 men and was joined by men from the Agency.  With 300 men and two howitzers Ilges moved out to meet the Lakata camp on the other side of the Missouri River.  The attack was lead by the howitzers which convinced the Indians to surrender.  Eight Indians and no soldiers were killed.

For more information see:

Encyclopedia of Indian Wars

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