Baldwin Attacks Cheyennes at McClellan’s Creek, 1874

Michael has a BA in History & American Studies and an MSc in American History from the University of Edinburgh. He comes from a proud military family and has spent most of his career as an educator in the Middle East and Asia. His passion is travel, and he seizes any opportunity to share his experiences in the most immersive way possible, whether at sea or on the land.

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    On November 6 a one-hundred-man Cheyenne party ambushed a much smaller cavalry patrol on McClellan's Creek but inflicted little damage. Two days later in the same vicinity, a unit under Lieutenant Baldwin struck Grey Beard's village with artillery bombardment, cavalry charge, and infantry who rode through the village in mule-drawn wagons, firing as they went. Though once again the main portion of the Cheyennes escaped, the village was taken and destroyed. After this attack the youngest two of the German girls, Julia Arminda and Nancy Adelaide were rescued, having been left on a hillside by a member of Grey Beard's band.

    All Four German Sisters

    Julia Arminda and Nancy Adelaide

The above story is from the book, Tribal Wars of the Southern Plains, by Stan Hoig; Copyright © 1993 by the University of Oklahoma Press. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

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