Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

Also known as: The Battle of Washita
NW of Cheyenne on U.S. 283, Cheyenne, Oklahoma


Washita battlefield 1

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Washita Battlefield protects and interprets the site of the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle that was attacked by the 7th U.S. Cavalry under Lt. Col. George A. Custer just before dawn on November 27, 1868. The controversial strike was hailed at the time by the military and many civilians as a significant victory aimed at reducing Indian raids on frontier settlements. Washita remains controversial because many Indians and whites labeled Custer's attack a massacre. Black Kettle is still honored as a prominent leader who never ceased striving for peace even though it cost him his life.. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, January 12, 1965

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Native American; Military
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Battle site
Current function
Period of significance
Significant years
1868; 1869
Number of properties
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing structures: 1

Update Log 

  • February 11, 2018: New photo from Bill Eichelberger