Like-a Crook’s Horse Soldier Monument

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The Battle of Slim Buttes was fought on September 9 and 10, 1876. This was the first U.S. Army victory of the great Sioux War of 1876 after defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25 and 26. General George Crook defeated and killed Chief American Horse. American Horse’s location was achieved when troopers were alerted about a ravine when Private John Wenzel, Company A, Third Cavalry, became the first army fatality at Slim Buttes when he ill-advisedly approached the ravine from the front and a Sioux bullet slammed into his forehead.

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Degrees Minutes Seconds:
Latitude:  N 45 23 44
Longitude:  W 103 11 19

Decimal Degrees:
Latitude: N 45.395697
Longitude: W -103.188793

Latitude: N 45 23.742
Longitude: W 103 11.328

13N 641765 5028504



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