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Re: Hotchkiss Carbine Cutoff/Safety
Posted by frontierwest on Friday, 2 January 2015, at 5:03 p.m., in response to Re: Hotchkiss Carbine Cutoff/Safety, posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 2 January 2015, at 4:29 p.m.
Well the site was used as a camp of the 2nd cavalry and the wolvers and traderw who built the fort in 1875 (Fort Peace) and is nearly right exactly there.. and so on. But in no way has one individual found all that is there.. and quite possible more skirmish positions are still there waiting to be discovered.
I do believe that the Custer engagement was the first skirmish there.. but the 2nd Cav. was through there previously.. or darn close.. I think Pompy's pillar was the stopping point on the 71 and 72 expeditions. Custer's was filling in the missing Powder river to the Pillar survey data.
I was not looking for Custer's lines.. was after Indian fired casings to match some to the Baker Battle. And through some analysis for the Baker battle by Doug Scott.. I knew many of the river bottom finds were of little use to track something.. and that a few others including JW Vaughn ect were also at the site. But no one mentioned searching the other side very hard and that is what I went after. Still did not finish, but know exactly where I'd start and continue again!
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