Thirteen Civil War Union Soldiers of Company H, 11th Regiment Kansas Cavalry are listed in the Kansas Adjutant General's Report, 1861-1865, as ‘Killed in Action' on July 26, 1865. A combined force of Cheyenne and Lakota Indians attacked a supply train of wagons and soldiers of the 11th Kansas Cavalry, being led by Sergeant Amos Custard, after passing Red Buttes and nearing Platte Bridge Station, Dakota Territory. Only three of the five soldiers who had been sent ahead to scout out the Indians escaped across the Platte river while two were killed. All others, the number varies depending on the source, including Sgt. Custard were killed during a four hour battle at the site of the wagons. Historical narratives state their mutilated bodies were buried in a common grave two days later. This engagement became known as the Battle of Red Buttes. Several attempts by Wyoming State Archeologists to locate the exact Red Buttes battle site have been unsuccessful as of the beginning of 2010.
Platte Bridge Station was renamed Fort Casper, to honor Lt. Caspar Collins, and later the town of Casper, Wyoming grew up around the fort's location after it was abandoned. Several attempts by Wyoming State Archeologists to locate the exact battle site have been unsuccessful as of the beginning of 2010.
GPS Coordinates: 42.8259, -106.43993
- Added: 6 Jan 2010
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2337140
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