The Battle at Platte Bridge

The Battle at Platte Bridge (HM1Q4A)

Location: Casper, WY 82604 Natrona County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 50.207', W 106° 22.266'

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Early on the morning of July 26, 1865 Lt. Caspar Collins led a troop of men to reinforce an army supply train coming into Platte Bridge Station. Only a mile west of the post, the group was ambushed by members of the Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapahoe nations.
The Indians were anxious to avenge the losses they sustained at the Sand Creek Massacre the previous year. They hoped to destroy Platte Bridge Station in this attack.
The Indian force heavily outnumbered the group led by Collins. During the retreat, four men were killed including the twenty-year-old lieutenant.
The Army renamed Platte Bridge Station in honor of the young hero. Since a new post in Colorado had recently been named in honor of Caspar Collins' father, Col. W.O. Collins, the name Fort Caspar was chosen.
HM NumberHM1Q4A
Year Placed1988
Placed ByNatrona County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, December 18th, 2015 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 387947 N 4743601
Decimal Degrees42.83678333, -106.37110000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 50.207', W 106° 22.266'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 50' 12.42" N, 106° 22' 15.96" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4001 Fort Caspar Rd, Casper WY 82604, US
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