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Second Battle of Adobe Walls

Posted by Jeffrey Hooper on Friday, 19 July 2019, at 9:17 p.m.

Archeologists surveyed the Adobe Walls II compound in the 1970s. Lindsay Baker published his findings in 1986, claiming that the relics his team found represents a snapshot of life at the compound from March until August 1874. Further he claims the site remained unoccupied from August 1874 until 1975 when the survey began. Among the relics found at the site were .45-70 and .45 Colt centerfire cases and cartridges. It does not seem beyond the realm of possibility that those relics were in fact left by occupants and white combatants of the battle which occurred in June 1874. It does seem highly unlikely. My understanding is that both the Springfield .45 caliber and the Colt .45 were exclusively U.S. Army issue during that time. Custer even held up the Black Hills Expedition until the new .45 caliber carbines arrived. Colt was busy filling the government contract. In light of the fact that Iíve read nothing that indicated that the U.S. Army was present at Adobe Wall during the time span of March to August 1874, I question Bakerís assertion. Iím writing to see if anyone here can shed some light into this.


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