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Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
February 20, 2014 M. Timothy Nolting   

David D. Mitchell Superintendent of Indian Affairs (1806 - 1853) urged Congress to pursue peace with the Plains Indians in 1849

Not many miles east of the Nebraska/Wyoming border, where the North Platte River crosses that boundary, a tiny Wyoming born tributary takes a sharp turn north in the final leg of its eastward journey. The water that flows through this draw, named Horse Creek, empties into the Platte and joins with the waters of that wide and shallow river until it reaches the waters of the Missouri.

It was in this area on September 17, 1851 that th...

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