Valor in Attack

Valor in Attack (HM1N18)

Location: Buffalo, WY 82834 Johnson County
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N 44° 33.526', W 106° 53.901'

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      The Indian leaders had hoped the soldiers would pursue a small decoy party of warriors led by Hump into an ambush, but the soldiers refused to follow, and the last pickets retreated safely into the corral after wounding the Ogalala warrior Paints Yellow. The side camp was taken and some soldiers killed, but now the only option for quick success was to launch massed attacks at the corral, and hope to overrun the soldiers' improvised wagon box fortress.Soon, mounted warriors circled around the corral. Using their horses as shields, they quickly rode in close to fire arrows or guns, and then zigzagged away from the soldiers' rifles. During the first attack from the south, Hairy Hand, a Miniconjou, rode straight at the corral to count coup. Hit by a soldier's bullet, he laid out in the open until a young warrior named White Bull ran in and dragged him to safety. Struck in the leg, the Sans Arc warrior Crazy Horse fell from his horse, and was carried off by his comrades. The mounted charge failed, and the war leaders Crazy Horse of the Ogalalas and Hump of the Miniconjous organized the warriors for an assault on foot.       As the foot charge moved toward the corral, the Ogalala Only Man rushed ahead, almost reaching the wagon boxes before the bullets killed him. The attack stalled, and some warriors concealed themselves in the brush and started firing into the corral with guns captured during the battle of One Hundred in the Hands. These snipers inflicted most of the casualties suffered by the soldiers.       During a lull before the next attack, one of the bravest acts of the day took place. Jipala, a tall, impressive Miniconjou, walked toward the corral, carrying a shield, lance and bow. Singing his death song, he ran forward, jumping in the air and firing arrows at the corral. Finally, the soldiers' bullets found him, and he laid dead before the corral. Both warriors and soldiers talked of his bravery for many years to come.       Two more Miniconjous, Muskrat Stands on His Lodge and Packs His Leg, died in foot charges. During the final attack, the Lakota Young Duck was shot dead leading the assault, and three of his people wounded attempting to recover his body.       Once more, the warriors attempted a mounted charge, but the soldiers' guns kept up a fierce fire. The assault ended before reaching the corral, but not before Sun's Road of the Cheyennes was killed. His death was the last of the day.       The boom of Smith's howitzer signaled the end of fighting. As the Lakota and Cheyennes left the battlefield, they paused near local springs to care for their wounded and dead before moving north to their camps.
HM NumberHM1N18
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Date Added Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 349236 N 4935689
Decimal Degrees44.55876667, -106.89835000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 33.526', W 106° 53.901'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 33' 31.56" N, 106° 53' 54.06" W
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Area Code(s)307
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 333 Wagon Box Rd, Buffalo WY 82834, US
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