Irish Casualties of the Fetterman Fight- A Complete List

After a number of weeks work a new page has been added to the site, which looks at those Irish-born men who died in the Fetterman Fight. This action took place on 21st December 1866 and involved the annihilation of a command of 81 men from Fort Phil Kearney- the worst disaster to befall United States arms on the western frontier before the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. Details regarding the 19 confirmed Irish casualties are provided, as is a background to the engagement itself, where the 80 men under Captain William Fetterman were killed by a combined Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapho force in the Powder River country. I hope readers find the resource of use- to check it out click here or go to the Resource drop down menu.

The area where the Fetterman Fight took place (Photo:Junkerjorg)

The area where the Fetterman Fight took place (Photo:Junkerjorg)

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Author:Damian Shiels

I am an archaeologist based in Ireland, specialising in conflict archaeology.

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