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Sites and Battlefields of the American-Indian Wars

History Hit

24 Nov 2020

From Washita Battlefield and Little Bighorn Battlefield to the Wounded Knee Museum the locations linked to the Indian Wars are important sites to explore. Visiting these sites and battlefields offers invaluable insight into the causes, events and aftermath of the American-Indian Wars, not to mention the lives of the people involved. With this list of American-Indian War sites you can find out more about the history behind each location.

Where can you see the Sites and Battlefields of the American-Indian Wars?

1. Little Bighorn Battlefield

Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana played an important role in the Great Sioux War, a conflict between the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne Native Americans and the US government, part of the American-Indian Wars. On 25 June 1876, Custer and around a quarter of his men – for he had divided them into four units – converged on Little Bighorn. The entire unit, including Custer, were killed in the clash, leading to the battle being known as ’Custer’s Last Stand’. Little Bighorn Battlefield is now a National Park, dedicated to commemorating the events of the battle and the conflict of which it formed part. 

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2. Washita Battlefield

On 27 November 1868 Washita Battlefield, then a Native American settlement of Peace Chief Black Kettle, was attacked by 7th U.S. Cavalry led by Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer. The attack was in retaliation for tribal attacks on white settlements known as the “Kansas Raids” despite the fact that Chief Black Kettle had signed several peace treaties with the US government and had cooperated with the Americans. The number of casualties is disputed, the Americans claiming 100 were killed while Indian figures claimed 11 warriors and 19 women were killed. Tens of prisoners were also taken. Chief Black Kettle and his wife were amongst those who died.

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3. The Wounded Knee Museum

On 29 December 1890, the US 7th Cavalry came to disarm the Lakota Native Americans. However, after an initial shot was fired, the cavalry started shooting chaotically, leading to the deaths of up to 300 men, women and children of the Lakotas as well as several US troops. The Wounded Knee Museum commemorates and retells the story of this massacre and its aftermath. 

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4. Daniel Boone Homestead

The Daniel Boone Homestead is the birthplace of this American pioneer. A legendary frontiersman, Boone was one of the most famous explorers of his lifetime and achieved iconic status within US folklore. Located near Reading, Pennsylvania, the Daniel Boone Homestead contains a number of historic buildings including the restored main house and an eighteenth century blacksmith’s shop. Exhibitions on display at the Daniel Boone Homestead tell the story of Boone’s youth and of the lives of the settlers who lived in the area at the time. Displays focus on the lives of the families who lived at the Homestead, the Boones, the Maugridges and the DeTurks.

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5. Natchez, Mississippi

Natchez is an historic town in Mississippi which contains a number of interesting historic sites and locations. Sites to visit include a Natchez Indian village, Jefferson College and the Natchez Museum of African American Heritage. Another site to visit in the surrounding area is the Emerald Mound. Natchez also boasts a number of historic churches and historic homes.

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