Cody, Sheridan, and Northern Wyoming Sights

Fetterman Massacre Monument

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Published 01/19/2016

Fodor's Review

The is a rock monolith dedicated to the memory of Lieutenant William J. Fetterman and his 80 men, who died in a December 21, 1866, battle against Lakota-Sioux warriors. Today, an interpretive trail with 21 signs spans the entire length of the battlefield, explaining the combatants, leaders, weapons, tactics, positions, and theories of a battle that lasted all of 30 minutes. This was the worst defeat for the U.S military on the Northern Plains until the Little Big Horn battle a decade later. Five miles west of the Fetterman site is the site of the Wagon Box Fight, which also has a short interpretive trail. Fort Phil Kearny is the starting point for both battle sites, providing brochures, guides, and an overview of the history of Red Cloud's War.

Sight Information


18 mi north of Buffalo, off I–90; obtain directions at Fort Phil Kearny, Buffalo, Wyoming, 82832, United States

Published 01/19/2016


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