The Cheyenne Outbreak

The Cheyenne Outbreak (HM658)

Location: Harrison, NE 69346 Sioux County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 39.187', W 103° 29.8'

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On September 9, 1878, after a year of suffering on an Oklahoma reservation, some 300 Northern Cheyenne Indians began a trek back to their homeland. Dull Knife's band of 149 Indians were captured and taken to Fort Robinson. For months they refused to return to their hated reservation.

Captain Wessels, Commanding Officer at Fort Robinson, imprisoned the Indians in a log barracks and attempted to starve them into submission. Using the few weapons they had smuggled into the building, the younger warriors began the Cheyenne Outbreak about 9:00 p.m., January 9, 1879. After a desperate running battle on the snow-covered parade ground, the Indians managed to follow the banks of the White River, scale the cliffs and escape.

Unable to find horses, the Cheyenne eluded pursuing troops for 12 days by heading northwest through the rough terrain of the Pine Ridge. Soldiers discovered their hiding place on Antelope Creek January 22, but the Indians refused to surrender. During the outbreak, 64 Cheyenne and 11 soldiers were killed. More than 70 were recaptured and several escaped. The number of casualties made the Cheyenne Outbreak one of the major conflicts of the Indian Wars.
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HM NumberHM658
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
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Marker Number86
Placed ByCrawford Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 7:48am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 623222 N 4723390
Decimal Degrees42.65311667, -103.49666667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 39.187', W 103° 29.8'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 39' 11.22" N, 103° 29' 48.00" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10 US-20, Harrison NE 69346, US
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