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CLICK HERE for video of Bob Wilson's detailed Fetterman Battle presentation on events leading up to and during the Dec. 21st, 1866 battle. The planning, tactics, theories and aftermath using maps and images are explained by Bob, a leading authority on this battle.

C-SPAN - Misty Stoll on Fort Phil Kearny   click here   


C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2019 LCV Cities Tour” in Sheridan, Wyoming, from July 6-12, 2019, to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the Charter cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed.

Join FPK/BTA President Dave McKee and Richard Hunt of the Oregon California Trail Association along the Bozeman Trail in this 3-part Series: 

EPISODE 1 May 1863… gold is discovered in Alder Gulch, MT irrevocably reshaping the fate of the Northern Plains Indian Tribes. The ramifications of this discovery served as a catalyst in the unfolding drama of Red Cloud's War, a poignant struggle aimed at expelling the military presence from the territories pledged to the tribes under the Ft Laramie Treaty of 1851. Join Dave McKee, our guide on this three-part journey of discovery as we unravel the tapestry of events that make up the Bozeman Trail story. The Oregon-California Trails Association is the pre-eminent guardian and promoter of the inspirational story of the 19th century westward migration, which is unique in world history. Our mission is to protect the Historic Emigrant Trails legacy by promoting research, education, preservation activities and public awareness of the trails, and to work with others to promote these causes.

EPISODE 2 In 1863, John Bozeman and his partner, John Jacobs, followed ancient Indian trails that could potentially lead emigrants on a 538-mile short cut from the Oregon Trail on the North Platte River in central Wyoming to the goldfields in southwestern Montana territory around Virginia City. Seeing an opportunity to guide emigrants along this newfound route, they set their plan into motion. In 1866 the government invited Red Cloud and other leaders representing the Lakota, Cheyenne, and Northern Arapaho tribes to Fort Laramie to seek an agreement providing safe passage along the Bozeman Trail through Indian Territory. Episode 2 - Listen as Dave McKee relates the second episode of this three-part journey of discovery as we unravel the tapestry of events that make up the Bozeman Trail story.

EPISODE 3 The military conflicts along the Bozeman Trail beginning in 1866 and the eventual victories for the Northern Plains tribes played a significant role in shaping the outcome of the Fort Laramie Treaty. Forts Reno, Phil Kearny, and C.F Smith were abandoned. Use of the Bozeman Trail was discontinued until the U.S military campaign of 1876 and the Battles of the Rosebud and Little Big Horn.

The clashes between the U.S. Army and the Northern Plains tribes, known as the Indian Wars, endured for over a decade. These confrontations arose from the clash between the two societies over occupation of the Northern Plains. The Bozeman Trail conflicts served as a prelude to a larger culture clash, leading to aggressive resistance from the Native people and eventually culminating in their conquest and dispossession by the United States government. This transformation had profound and lasting effects on the Native way of life.





Shown: video of Fetterman Battle Reenactment

Courtesy of Salvatore Brown, Sheridan Travel & Tourism

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Fetterman Fight w/ Bob Wilson, by Mike Penfold

Fetterman Fight w/ Bob Wilson, by Mike Penfold

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View Bozeman Trail, On The Tracks

Our Montana sponsored a wagon train on the Bozeman Trail from Fort Laramie to Virginia City. The wagon train kept as close to the actual route of the old trail.

"The Battling Bugler | What Happened to Corporal Metzger at the Fetterman Fight?"  see video 

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