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Battle of Slim Buttes Historic Site - Reva, SD
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 45° 32.604 W 103° 07.487
13T E 646391 N 5045028
Quick Description: After the Little Big Horn, Union Army was out for pay back
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 12/10/2015 7:35:48 AM
Waymark Code: WMQ34X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:

County of site: Harding County
Location of site: SD 20, ¼ mile W. of SD 79, W. of Reva
Monument erected: 1920

Monument Text:
On this spot stood the village of 37 lodges captured at daybreak by Capt. Anson Mills with 150 men and held until the arrival of Gen. Crook's Army at 11:30 A.M. Twenty Sioux took refuge in the wash coulee faced by this tablet, and five were killed. In the afternoon there was an attack by 2000 Indians.

Marker at the Hwy (SD 20), beginning of short drive to site [seen in background of marker photo in gallery].
Marker erected by: The Citizens of Harding County & The State Highway Commission
Date marker erected: 1956
Marker Text:
"Following the disastrous battles of the Rosebud and the Little Big Horn (Custer) in Montana in June 1876, the Sioux save Call and Sitting Bull with 400 lodges who went to Canada and Crazy Horse and his band, in the main, started to drift back to the agencies on the White and Missouri Rivers burning grass as they went. Crook, Terry and Miles started to hunt Indians and by September 7th Crook's destitute and weary column detached Capt. Anson Mills with 150 men on the best horses to go to Deadwood for supplies. On the 8th he discovered a village on the east slope of Slim Buttes and at dawn on the 9th attacked the teepees, tightly buttoned up against the rain, by a cavalry charge, scattering the Indians.

"The Oglala Chief, American Horse with his family and six warriors fled to a ravine. After a six hour siege, where most of the white causalities occurred, with four warriors dead and the Chief fatally wounded, they surrendered. That afternoon Crazy Horse made a show of force, but the balance of Crook's command came up and there was no battle but a constant harassment. A great supply of valuable dried meat was captured, the village destroyed and on the 10th the command moved on to Deadwood, on a diet of horse meat marking the end of the summer campaign.
Killed: Winzel, 3rd, and Kennedy, 5th cavalry. Jonathon White, civilian scout. Wounded: Lt. Von Luettwitz, 3rd cavalry and 12 EM of the 2nd, 3rd and 5th cavalry.

Wikipedia's version is definitely a good read and worth the effort

Don’t believe everything you read. The monument here is actually a half mile northwest of where the village and battle was. The site was searched for in 1914 and couldn’t be located, but another search in 1917 was successful in locating it. They discovered a large number of expended 45-70 cartridges, some burned lodge poles, broken cooking equipment, and human skeletal remains. This marker was financed by Capt. Mills. The were going to place it at the actual site of the village but decided to put it here, close to SD Hwy 20, so people could see it. It was dedicated in August of 1920 before an assemblage of local residents.

Street address:
SD 20
West of
Reva, SD USA
57651


County / Borough / Parish: Harding County

Year listed: 1987

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event

Periods of significance: 1875-1899

Historic function: Defense

Current function: Funerary

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 2: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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