Post by lancestallion on Jul 17, 2011 10:25:18 GMT -5
On July 17, 1876--three weeks after the Battle of Little Bighorn--"Buffalo Bill" Cody and members of the 5th Cavalry ambushed 800 Cheyenne and Sioux trying to join up with Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse's encampments. The battle took place in extreme northwest Nebraska, about 20 miles northwest of the current town of Crawford. Total casualties were only one--a young Indian warrior named Yellow Hair, who was shot by Buffalo Bill. Cody then scalped the warrior, then held up the scalp as his fellow cavalry rode by and yelled "First Scalp for Custer!"
I have done a lot of research on this battle, including reading Paul Hedren's book "First Scalp for Custer". I have even been to the battle site five or six times. I was wondering if anyone else has done any research on the battle?
Post by windolph76 on Jul 17, 2011 15:27:18 GMT -5
I have not done any research on the battle, but was wondering how many out there believe that the events that took place according to Buffalo Bill actually took place the way he told the story or was it quite different. I have read somewhere that the battle did not go down quite like BB said it did. I like to think that Buffalo Bill was the man he claimed to be.
Post by lancestallion on Jul 17, 2011 15:39:05 GMT -5
Buffalo Bill, in the biographies about him, said that he was called out by the Indian chief to come forward and fight. There are a lot of the "facts" about the battle that could not have occurred the way things have been stated. For instance, Private Christian Madsen corroborated a lot of the details that Buffalo Bill provided. The problem was, Madsen was positioned on a hilltop that did not have a direct line of sight to where Buffalo Bill supposedly killed Yellow Hair, so there is no way he could've seen what happened. I have a lot of pictures from the battle site that I could post. I'm working to try and get the Nebraska State Legislature to do more to recognize this site.
Post by lancestallion on Jul 18, 2011 12:53:06 GMT -5
King wrote several books that made reference to Buffalo Bill. He was wounded in the arm during the early part of the Indian wars and was forced to "retire" from the regular army. Pretty obvious that King lived vicariously through Buffalo Bill, or as I like to say he had a "man crush" on Cody. ;D