The Pebble Creek Fight # 373
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Biker Ozzy
N 41° 47.239 W 099° 07.220
14T E 490000 N 4626170
Marker about an fight with Indians.
Waymark Code: WM6A1K
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 04/29/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
Views: 8

Marker reads as follows.


In 1872-73 white settlers were moving into the North Loup Valley. Their presence sparked occasional conflicts with Lakota Sioux wandering down from the north to hunt or raid the Pawnee Reservation near Genoa. On January 18, 1874, Sioux passing through this area with stolen Pawnee horses purportedly took food, furs, and a cow from the homes of settlers and trappers, including the Colby and McClimans families.

Early the next morning about a dozen men led by Charles ("Buckskin Charley") White went in pursuit, determined to recover the property or fight the Indians. The men found the Lakota camped on Pebble Creek. During a parley, the Indians refused to surrender anything of value and prepared to resist the whites, who fled to the shelter of the stream bank. In the half-hour fight that followed, Marion Littlefield was shot and killed. Indian casualties were estimated as three dead and several wounded.

The settlers feared further confrontations and petitioned Congress for military protection. After receiving an appropriation, the army established Fort Hartsuff in the North Loup Valley on September 5, 1874.

Garfield County Historical Society
Nebraska State Historical Society

Two miles east of Burwell on Nebraska 91
Garfield County
Marker 373
Marker Name: The Pebble Creek Fight

Roadside: yes

City: Not Listed

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Web Address if available:: Not listed

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