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Indian Fighters of the Old West

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"All Indians who are not on reservations are hostile and will remain so until killed off."


-- General William Sherman



Indian Fighters:


Kit CarsonChristopher "Kit" Carson (1809-1868) - A daring and brave explorer, mountain man, trapper, scout, soldier, and buffalo hunter, he led John Fremont to California and Oregon. He later served in the Civil War, became a rancher, an Indian Agent, and fought in several Indian Wars.


Buffalo Bill Cody (1846-1917) - Army scout, frontiersman, and Old West entertainer.


General George Crook (1828-1890) - A career United States Army officer, Crook is most noted for his distinguished service during the Civil War and the Indian Wars. During the 1880s, the Apache nicknamed him Nantan Lupan, which means "Grey Wolf."

George Armstrong Custer - Dying at the Little Bighorn - A United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the Indian Wars. In the Civil War, he developed a strong reputation and when it was over, was dispatched to the west to fight in the Indian Wars. His disastrous final battle overshadowed his prior achievements. Custer and all the men with him were killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.


TGeneral Nelson MilesNelson Appleton Miles (1839-1925) - A career soldier, Miles served in the Civil War, Indian Wars, and the Spanish-American War.


Marcus A. Reno - (1834-1889) - A career military officer in the Civil War and the Black Hills War against the Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne, Reno is most noted for his role in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.


William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891) - A career military man, Sherman served in the Civil War before becoming an Indian Fighter.


Philip Henry Sheridan (1831-1888) - A career military officer, Sheridan served in the Civil War becoming a Union General. In 1865, his cavalry pursued General Robert E. Lee and was instrumental in forcing his surrender at Appomattox. Later, he became involved in the Indian Wars, tarnishing his reputation with some historians, who have accused him of racism.


Alfred Howe Terry (1827-1890 - Terry was a Union general in the American Civil War and the military commander of the Dakota Territory from 1866 to 1869 and again from 1872 to 1886.



The Silenced Warwhoop

The Silenced Warwhoop by Charles Schreyvogel,, 1908.

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The Battle of the Little Bighorn

The Battle of the Little Bighorn, painting by Charles Russell, 1903.

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"I never want to leave this country; all my relatives are lying here in the ground, and when I fall to pieces I am going to fall to pieces here." 

--  Sioux leader Wolf Necklace expressing his opposition to moving to a reservation