28 May 1869; Russell, Kansas: About 30 Cheyennes attacked 7 railroad hands who were cutting weeds two miles west of Fossil Creek Station, in present-day Russell, Kansas. The workers jumped on a handcar and pumped furiously toward the station. Four of them had rifles, but succeeded only in killing an Indian pony. Shot and unable to hang on to the car, two of the workers fell to the ground. Their bodies were later found mutilated and scalped. The other five, four of them wounded, escaped. The injured were taken to Fort Harker's hospital, where they recovered.
That evening the Indians tore up two rails and sabotaged a third, derailing the westbound train around midnight.