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Re: Fetterman Massecre

Posted by Steve MIller on Friday, 28 April 2017, at 1:05 a.m., in response to Re: Fetterman Massecre, posted by Larry Gibson on Thursday, 27 April 2017, at 9:30 a.m.

Larry, Carrington didn't have much of a chance to increase traing after the Fetterman Fight on Dec 21st. A major blizzard came in on the night of Dec 22/23 which pretty much shut down all training,limiting activities to burying the dead and trying to keep the snow drifts from piling up to the height of the forts wall which was only 8-9 feet. Shortly after the blizzard played itself out, reinforcements from Ft Laramie arrived at Ft Phil Kearny, including a new commander. Lt Col Henry Wessells who relieved Carrington of command of the fort.It was actually Wessells who dramatically increased the training of the garrison there.

The trapdoor rifles arrived in July of 1867 along with still yet another commander for Ft Phil Kearny, Col John Smith, the new commander of the 27th infantry. Less than two weeks later the Wagon Box fight and the Hayfield fight occured on Aug 1 and 2nd.


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