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Fort Buford Massacre


This battle which was more a siege, was one of the few battles fought in the so called Red Clouds War. Ogima Sitting Bull was supposedly one of the principle Anishinabe ogimak during the Siege of Fort Buford, which commenced in late 1866, and culminated with the Anishinabe capture of the unwanted American fort in February of 1867. However, ogima Sitting Bull was a medicine man and prophet who was at the battle as a spiritual guide. News reports of the massacre were reported back east but they claim the massacre never occurred. However, there is too much evidence indicating an event occurred at Fort Buford which was situated very near the Montana-North Dakota border, where the Missouri River and Yellowstone River meet, in those times.



After capturing Fort Buford, the Anishinabe soldiers killed all 96 American soldiers stationed at the fort. They were not capable of killing the forts commanders wife. He killed her himself. All 97 whites stationed at the fort were killed. However, during the entire time the siege was being carried out, 100s of brave Anishinabe soldiers were killed and wounded. Anishinabe casualties at the Siege of Fort Buford, likely were over 500 killed and wounded. Anishinabe military commenders would not try an all out attempt to destroy a white fort after this battle. It was too costly in Anishinabe blood. The whites had howitzers, machine guns, and revolvers.




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