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Battle of Milk Creek

Updated 2022-11-16
  • Milk Creek Battlefield

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    The Battle of Milk Creek began on September 29, 1879, when US Army Major Thomas Thornburgh illegally advanced his cavalry onto the Ute Reservation in northwest Colorado. Thornburgh was ordered to the White River Ute Agency to protect Indian Agent Nathan Meeker.
    Milk Creek Battlefield
  • Monument at Milk Creek

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    This stone monument is inscribed with the names of US cavalry soldiers killed during the Battle of Milk Creek, September 29-October 5, 1879. Commanding officer Major Thomas Thornburgh was killed in the battle and is buried in Omaha, Nebraska, while his soldiers remain buried in an unmarked grave on the battlefield. Today, a similar monument commemorates the Ute Indians killed in the battle.
    Monument at Milk Creek
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