Wagon Box

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Date of Battle: August 2, 1867

Location of Battle: Story, WY

GPS  N: 44-33.474

         W: 106-53.897

Participants: Capt. James W Powell with 24 soldiers and 6 civilian woodcutters were attack by about 1,000 Sioux warriors led by Red Cloud.

The group were attack while out cutting wood for the fort.  They took refuge in a bunch of wagon boxes that were set out in the shape of a large oval.  The men were equipped with new breech loading rifles and they repelled 8 charges during the day and the Indians finally retreated when help arrived from Fort Phil Kearny.  About 30 Sioux and 7 from the woodcutting crew were killed.

For more information see:

Custer's Luck

Encyclopedia of Indian Wars

Indian Wars of the Great Plains

Indian Fights and Fighters

Indian Wars of the West

The Sioux Indian Wars


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