The Combatants: Soldiers

The Combatants: Soldiers (HM1N4D)

Location: Banner, WY 82832 Sheridan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 34.405', W 106° 50.459'

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The average age of an enlisted man in the United States Army was twenty-three years old. Although Fetterman's command included veterans of the Civil War, many of the men were inexperienced in Indian warfare and had limited training with their weapons. The soldiers were also unfamiliar with the western terrain, where the clear air often visually distorts the depth and distance of valleys and ridges.
Cavalry and Infantry Men
Captain William Judd Fetterman . . . was a 31 year old Brevet Lieutenant Colonel with Civil War Combat experience. In a letter he commented that "the Indians annoy us." He probably disobeyed Colonel Carrington's orders when he crossed over Lodge Trail Ridge. His body was found near the monument.Lieutenant George W. Grummond . . . was a 32 year old leader of Company C, 2nd U.S. Cavalry. During the Civil War he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While he narrowly escaped death on December 6, 1866, he died on December 21, covering the retreat of his comrades.Captain Frederick Brown . . . was the Post Quartermaster, and was not assigned to Fetterman's command. He went along for one more chance at fighting Indians before leaving on assignment the next day. He rode Calico, a horse borrowed from Carrington's son, and his body was found with Fetterman.
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Date Added Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 353829 N 4937212
Decimal Degrees44.57341667, -106.84098333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 34.405', W 106° 50.459'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 34' 24.3" N, 106° 50' 27.54" W
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Area Code(s)307
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Unnamed Road, Banner WY 82832, US
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