Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Grattans in:
 • Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
 • Fort Leavenworth
 • Leavenworth County
 • Kansas
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Lieut John Lawrence Grattan
Birth: Jun. 1, 1830
Topsham Four Corners
Orange County
Vermont, USA
Death: Aug. 17, 1854
Fort Laramie
Goshen County
Wyoming, USA

United States Army Officer. On August 17, 1854, he and 28 of his men were killed by Lakota warriors on the plains near Fort Laramie, Wyoming in an affair that became known as the Grattan Massacre. In later years it was also recognized as the first shots fired in a war that lasted over 36 years with the Cheyenne and Lakota. The death of Grattan and his men originated over the killing of a cow belonging to an Oregon Trail immigrant by a Lakota named High Forehead. The acting commander of Fort Laramie, Lieutenant Hugh Fleming, refused offers of restituation by Chief Conquering Bear. Fleming demanded the arrest of High Forehead, which Conquering Bear was unable to comply with. The next day Fleming ordered Grattan to visit the nearby Lakota campsites and arrest High Forehead. Twenty-nine infantrymen, two artillery pieces and an interpreter accompanied Grattan. Though several chiefs attempted to peacefully resolve the matter, Grattan, a recent West Point graduate with no experience in dealing with Native Americans, remained firm in his demands that High Forehead be turned over. During negotiations the situation escalated and shots were fired, with the soldiers mortally wounding Conquering Bear. Enraged over the attack, the Lakota retaliated. Greatly outnumbered, Grattan was killed almost immediately. His men panicked and attempted to flee. All of the soldiers except one were killed. The survivor, though seriously wounded, was able to return to Fort Laramie with news of the attack. (bio by: Randy) 
 
Inscription:
To the memory of
LIEUTENANT
JOHN L. GRATTAN
Who was killed
in an engagement
with the Sioux Indians near
Fort Laramie, N.T.
August 19, 1854
 
Burial:
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
Fort Leavenworth
Leavenworth County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Section A, Grave 290
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Randy
Record added: Jun 27, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14753772
Lieut John Lawrence Grattan
Added by: Randy
 
Lieut John Lawrence Grattan
Added by: Randy
 
Lieut John Lawrence Grattan
Cemetery Photo
Added by: Ed n Edna Lane
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

GOD Bless you and all which do and/or the ones which come here to view too!
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie
 Added: Jun. 28, 2014

- John P. Birosak
 Added: May. 29, 2014
RIP...and thank you for your service
-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 21, 2013
There are 22 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (3.4 after 22 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service