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A Great Feel For History

You need to read about the Fetterman massacre before visiting so you will have an idea of what took... read more

Reviewed April 18, 2019
MarineAir10
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Vancouver, Washington
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Great Stop on the road trip!

We left Rapid City in the morning and went to Deadwood to visit Wild Bill's grave-site before... read more

Reviewed July 25, 2018
Thundergrass
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

Fort Phil Kearney & the Fetterman battle sites are a great piece of history. The teenage & young kids love it too. The gift shop & museum is great. The staff is very knowledgeable.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank JacksonGalloways
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Reviewed June 27, 2016

An excellent monument to see exactly what happened and how it happened. The first time the Indian tribes worked together and planned the massacre. The trail is about 3/4 of a mile and very little altitude change. Signs are posted along the trail to explain what has happened here.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank RueterRD
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Reviewed December 20, 2015

Not really that much here but still very interesting historically. There are numerous markers and a large columnar monument that was dedicated in 1908 to commemorate the battle and the dead. Behind the monument is an entrance to a trail that runs roughly east and circular with markers on the north side of the loop that showcase the warrior's perspective of the battle and on the south side the U.S. Soldier's perspective. Where the trail terminates, about a mile out on the second hill is the final site of the massacre itself. There were snake warning signs but none were seen although there were cattle grazing nearby. Not sure why the previous reviewer said the above picture was incorrect, it s in fact correct. it's looking from the second hill where the massacre took place back west the mile or so to the monument and parking area.

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank Alan W
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Reviewed September 23, 2014

The trail starts at the monument, and goes along the top of the ridge where the troops retreated during the battle. Many of them were killed in the area around the monument. The two new Henry repeating rifles owned by the two civilians caused many casualties in the warriors. The muzzle loading rifles carried by the infantry were too slow loading to stop the Indian charges. By the time of the Wagon Box Fight the next summer, the troops had fortunately changed over to much faster breech-loading rifles (Springfield "trapdoor"). The Fetterman site is right beside I-90, and just a couple of miles from Fort Phil Kearny.

Date of experience: September 2014
1  Thank Larry M
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Reviewed July 3, 2014

Fort Kearney's museum, rangers, and introductory video provide a great overview of Red Cloud's War, of which the Fetterman Battle was one event. There is not much interpretation here at the battlefield itself, just a couple of plaques. Plan on coming here after a stop at nearby Fort Kearney, where you learn much more.

I am so glad we visited the Fetterman Monument. The hill gives a magnificent view of the sensuous, rolling landscape. I was deeply moved by this spiritual, sacred place---made even moreso by the fierce battle that took place here in December 1866.

Date of experience: June 2014
3  Thank Tiffy_Bird
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