Cheyennes at dark water creek the last fight of the red river war tells the tragic story of the southern bands of cheyennes from the period following the treaty of medicine lodge through the battles and skirmishes known as the red river war the battle of sappa creek the last encounter of that conflict was a fight between a band of cheyennes and a company of the sixth cavalry that took place in kansas in april 1875 more cheyennes were killed in that single engagement than in . The red river war might best be remembered for colonel ranald slidell mackenzies devastating raid against the kiowa comanche and cheyenne villages in palo duro canyon on september 28 1874 soon thereafter the five us army columns committed to the campaign retired victorious from the field effectively ending indian warfare on the southern plains however in cheyennes at dark water creek william chalfant reminds us that the red river war or buffalo war as it is also . For the southern cheyennes the final encounter of the red river war known to them as the war to save the buffalo was the worst at the battle of sappa creek known to the cheyennes as dark water creek in northwestern kansas on april 23 1875 lieutenant austin henelys company h 6th cavalry attacked a band of fleeing cheyennes killing some 27 members at a cost of two soldiers lives henely said that 19 of the indians killed were men and eight of his own men received medals of . Chalfant provides a detailed background of the events leading up to and surrounding the cheyenne involvement in the buffalo or red river wars of 1872 74 this was a period of raiding and mass attacks by the southern plains indians on buffalo hunters the first action was at the adobe walls hunters camp and settlements and farms in the old hunting grounds and elsewhere in a last desperate effort to save the bison herds and old way of life on the plains with few resources and heavily . On april 23rd 1875 near the sappa creek in kansas a small and ugly action took place between a small group of cheyenne indians and company h of the united states sixth cavalry the entire battle was likely over in about an hour but the controversy around the event continues to this day author william y chalfant does an admirable job of not only telling a detailed account of the fight but also exploring the events leading up to the action and the distortions and misunderstandings that took
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