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In Wyoming, a thousand Cheyenne warriors attack the immigrant transport link at Platte Bridge

Cheyenne warrior chief on horseback, posed recreation, circa 1905
07/25/1865 to 07/26/1865
Following the massacre at Sand Creek, Cheyenne rage forged alliances and an effective force of more than two thousand mounted warriors. They had launched a series of attacks in Colorado, burning out ranches and even attacking smaller towns. They made an assault on the garrison at Platte Bridge, Wyoming, an important link on the immigrant trail.  Beaten off, the next day they attacked and wiped out a military wagon train approaching the fort.  Troop losses were 28 killed.  Cheyenne losses were not accurately counted.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Thomas Goodrich, Scalp Dance: Indian Warfare on the High Plains, 1865-1879 (Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1997), 11-15. 

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