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 Frank Grouard

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Frank Grouard

  • Birth 20 Sep 1850 Tuamotu-Gambier, French Polynesia
  • Death 15 Aug 1905 St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA
  • Plot Grave B-4, Row 62
  • Memorial ID 12137623

Indian Scout. Grouard was instrumental in the surrender of Lakoda Chief Crazy Horse in March 1877. Many blamed Grouard for the subsequent death of Crazy Horse. At about age 19, Grouard was captured by Crow Indians, taken prisoner, stripped of all possessions and left in the forrest. Sioux Indians found him and Chief Sitting Bull adopted him as a brother. Grouard married an indian woman and learned to speak the Sioux language fluently. For seven to eight years Grouard lived in the camps of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. Around age 26, he eventually escapes from his Indian captors. Grouard then becomes a Chief Indian Scout in the American Army under General George Crook, fighting Sioux Indians. By February 1876 many indians were leaving the reservations in search for food, believing it was in peace. Orders had been given by the American government to return but they did not take it seriously. General Crook began his winter march from Fort Fetterman, March 1, 1876 with many companies of troops. Colonel Reynolds was his second-in-command. General Crooks Chief Indian scout was Grouard. When Sioux Chief, Sitting Bull learns that Girouard will be the scout for General Crook, he sees this as a chance to kill Grouard in battle. By March 17th, Grouard located Crazy Horses villiage on powder river in Montana. Crazy Horse and his entire village were captured. General Crook in his May report stated that invaluable service was rendered by Frank Grouard and his assistants in this capture. In September 1877 Chief Crazy Horse left the reservation and General Crook had him arrested. When Crazy Horse saw he was being led to a guard house, he resisted and was stabbed to death by a guard. Grouard served as a U.S. marshal in Fort McKinney, Buffalo, Wyoming area and worked in the Johnson County War of 1892.

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  • Originally Created by: Tom Denardo
  • Added: 23 Oct 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12137623
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Frank Grouard (20 Sep 1850–15 Aug 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12137623, citing Ashland Cemetery, Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .