Thirteen Ways to Think About the Connor Battlefield
Here are some questions to ask before you visit the Connor Battlefield, while you’re there, and again after you return:
- Who was Brig. Gen. Patrick E. Connor?
- Describe the Powder River Expedition—how many columns participated? Where did they come from and where were they headed? What was the purpose of this expedition?
- How many troops were in Connor’s column? Were they all soldiers? What as the size of Connor’s column in relation to the others?
- What was Fort Connor? Where was it located? Was it always named Fort Connor?
- How did Connor’s troops find Indians to attack?
- Who did they attack? What happened during and after the battle?
- How many people were killed in the battle?
- What happened to the other columns in the Powder River Expedition? What did the Army learn from the experiences of the people in these columns?
- Who was Black Bear? Where was his village? What happened to his village?
- Was the Powder River Expedition successful? Why or why not?
- What was its connection to the Bozeman Trail?
- What happened to the Arapaho who lived in Black Bear’s village after Connor’s troops attacked? Where did the people go?
- What happened to Connor after the expedition?
THERE ARE HUNDREDS of more good questions a person could ask about Connor Battlefield.
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