Hayfield Fight 1867

1867- Fort C.F. Smith, Montana Territory -"The Hayfield Fight", on the morning a minor engagement occurred in a hayfield within sight of Fort C.F. Smith. 2nd Lt. Sternberg and 8 troopers, accompanied by 9 civilians were attacked by a large party of Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho. The white men were able to reach the shelter of a makeshift corral. By the late afternoon the Indians withdrew leaving many dead. Of the white men, Sternberg, 2 of his men and 1 civilian died. The skirmish could be seen and heard from the fort yet no relief party was ever ordered out to help.