The Battle of Red Buttes

The Battle of Red Buttes (HM1Q4C)

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

N 42° 50.196', W 106° 22.26'

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A desperate battle to save a supply train ended tragically the same day as the Battle at Platte Bridge. Sgt. Amos Custard and his men were bringing five supply wagons from the Sweetwater Station near Independence Rock. The group came into view of Platte Bridge Station from the direction of Red Buttes about noon on July 26, 1865.

Unaware of the morning's skirmish, Custard barely had time to assume a defensive position when a large group of Indians attacked. The 4-hour battle ended when the Indians overran the soldier's position.
The next day a detachment from Platte Bridge Station found the bodies of Sgt. Custard and 20 of his men. The only survivors were three of the five men on advance patrol from the supply train who made their way here to safety.
HM NumberHM1Q4C
Year Placed1988
Placed ByNatrona County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, December 18th, 2015 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 387955 N 4743581
Decimal Degrees42.83660000, -106.37100000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 50.196', W 106° 22.26'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 50' 11.76" N, 106° 22' 15.6" 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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