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Fort Phil Kearny Annual Fetterman Battlefield Tour To Include Lakota Drum Presentation, COAT DRIVE, and Book Signing

On Saturday, December 21, 2013, Fort Phil Kearny State History Site will host the 147th Anniversary Tour of the Fetterman Fight.  New this year, the event will include a presentation by “Thunder Lake Singers” from Pine Ridge, South Dakota and an appearance by Shannon Smith, author of Give Me Eighty Men: Women and the Myth of the Fetterman Fight.  The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Fort Phil Kearny Interpretive Center, five miles off of exit 44, Interstate 90 and will include a tour of the battlefield, Native drum presentation, Native and soldier weapons demonstrations, and a book signing by Smith. Terry Richards, Oglala Lakota, and R.C. Wilson, retired Fort Phil Kearny Superintendent will lead the tour.  Admission is FREE and visitors are encouraged to bring an item of warm clothing to donate.

“The tradition of visiting the battlefield on the anniversary of the fight is longstanding and I’m excited to offer some new components to the event,” says Superintendent Misty Stoll.  “The Native narrative of the fort and the fight is most appropriately heard through an oral historian – and Richards knows his stuff.  You can’t get this experience in books or signage.”  The fight occurred on December 21, 1866 between the United States 18th Infantry 2nd Cavalry Regiments and members of the Lakota (Sioux), Northern Cheyenne, and Northern Arapahoe Native American Nations.  At that time, the battle marked the largest defeat of U.S. Forces in the Northern-Plains Territories.

Smith’s Give Me Eighty Men was a best seller in the Bozeman Trail Association Gift Shop during the 2013 visiting season.  Many visitors to Fort Phil Kearny were familiar with the story that pins the blame for the December 21st disaster on Captain William J. Fetterman.  “This book has transformed the way we tell one of the foundational stories of Fort Phil Kearny.  It’s been incredibly exciting to share this new perspective with our visitors,” says Stoll.

Following the tour, hot drinks and snacks will provided at the Interpretive Center with an opportunity for visitors to ask questions of the guides and view the museum.  The complete program will take approximately four hours. Visitors are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather and expect wind at the battlefield.  Terry Richards and Thunder Lake Singers are made possible by the Wyoming Humanities Council.  Site fees have been waived for all visitors for the anniversary tour.

Fort Phil Kearny State History Site is located at 528 Wagon Box Rd in Banner, Wyoming.  For more information call (307) 684-7629 or email the Superintendent at

TOURS WILL DEPART EVERY 20 MINUTES BEGINNING AT 6pm and will last about 30 min.

Full Moon Fort in Oct, 18th

Fort Phil Kearny hosts “Full Moon Fort” with Lantern Tours

Guided Lantern Tours at Fort Phil Kearny will illuminate the darker side of the Fort and the contested “Bloody Bozeman” as part of a special event on the evening of October 18, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visitors can expect to hear fun facts and “grisly” details related to the daily lives of Natives and Soldiers near the “hated Fort on Buffalo Creek.”

“We don’t have to make anything up to create good narratives. Fort Phil Kearny was an incredibly dramatic place to be in 1866 and 1867,” says Site Superintendent, Misty Stoll. The tours will take place on the night of the October full moon. Visitors are encouraged to dress warmly for the 30 minute tours. The Fort Phil Kearny Interpretive Center and Gift Shop will be open during the duration of the event.

Site fees apply for visitors over the age of 17; Wyoming Residents pay $2, Non-Residents, $4. In the cases of dangerously cold or wet conditions, the event will be canceled. For announcements and more information visit Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site on Facebook and at

Fort Phil Kearny State History Site is open Wednesday through Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is located at 528 Wagon Box Rd in Banner, Wyoming off Exit 44 from Interstate 90. For more information call (307) 684-7629 or email the Superintendent at








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Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site
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4 thoughts on “Events

  1. Judy Musgrave

    Hello Misty,

    It is time again for me to gather calendar items for our Sheridan County Historical Society and Museum newsletter, The Log. Please send me anything that the Fort Phil Kearny Historic Site has planned between May 1 and Labor Day. I need to receive the items by Wed., April 17. Even if your plans have not been finalized, I can put “Save the Date” in the calendar.

    Thank you.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi, Judy! Thank you for thinking of us for “The Log”. I’ll send you our schedule!

  2. Charles Brulle

    Will you be having a 150th reenactment of the Fetterman Battle? I guess it would come up in 2016 isn’t that right? By then my unit hopes to have a horse drawn mountain howitzer to use and we would like to attend. Please let me know so we can start planning now. We would be coming from St. Louis MO.
    Charles Brulle
    13 MO Light Artillery CSA (we also have Yankee uniforms)


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