Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The April 26, 1876 Battle of Sand Butte

On April 26, 1873, a force of 71 American soldiers and 14 of their Indian allies, commanded by Captain Evan Thomas, left their camp to search for some Anishinabek to fight. While they were taking a break to eat, the American soldiers and their Indian allies, were attacked by a force of Anishinabe soldiers under the command of Scarfaced Charley. In the ensuing battle, Anishinabe soldiers quickly laid a beating on the surprised American soldiers and their Indian allies. After the battle, 18 American soldiers were killed and another 18 were wounded. Most of the American soldiers and their Indian allies, chose to flee from the battle. If they had stayed, most would have been killed or wounded.

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