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Re: Hayfield and Wagon Box fights
Posted by jay call on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, at 9:10 p.m., in response to Re: Hayfield and Wagon Box fights, posted by Charly on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, at 7:58 p.m.
True Charly, and those breech loaders that allowed the wood cutters and soldiers at the Wagon Box fight to deliver a major blow to the Natives were delivered just a few months after the "Fetterman Massacre". Had all the troops in the Fetterman fight been armed with the new breech loaders and Spencer's it is possible the fight would have been a stand off instead of the brutal massacre that it turned out to be. The Hayfield fight most probably was the one incident that placed in the mind of the Lakota and Cheyenne that doing battle with the infantry, or "walk a heaps", was a very dangerous endeavor, and indeed at the Rosebud fight it was the infantry and Shoshone that saved the day for the U.S. cavalry. Also strange that at the end of the Civil War there was a ample supply of Spencer rifles and ammo to outfit fort Phil Kearney with all Spencers, carbine and rifle!!
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