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The Battle of Washita River (also called Battle of the Washita or the Washita Massacre[4]) occurred on November 27, 1868 when Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s 7th U.S. Cavalry attacked Black Kettle’s Southern Cheyenne camp on the Washita River (near present-day Cheyenne, Oklahoma), part of a major winter encampment of numerous Native American tribal bands.

The 7th U.S. Cavalry Officers

Cavalry Officers