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Battle of Slim Buttes

  • Battle of Slim Buttes
September 9, 1876

Location of a decisive victory for the U.S. Army in September 1876, after the defeat of George Armstrong Custer at the Little Big Horn in June. Ordered by Maj. Gen. Sheridan, Generals Alfred Terry and George Crooks were sent to return hostile Indians to their reservations. General Crook, along with well-armed soldiers and many battles, convinced most of the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians the futility of fighting the soldiers. Twenty-three miles east of Buffalo on SD Hwy. 20, the battle location is on private land, but a nearby monument commemorates the Battle of Slim Buttes.

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