Here are some questions to ask before you visit the site of the Wagon Box Fight, while you’re there, and again after you return:
- What was the Wagon Box Fight? When did it occur?
- Why was it called the Wagon Box Fight? Why did this conflict happen?
- What fort was nearest to the fighting? Did the Wagon Box Fight occur on the grounds of the fort, or somewhere else?
- Why was the timber in the Bighorn Mountains nearby important in connection with the Wagon Box Fight?
- Other than soldiers and Indians, were there any other people involved in this battle?
- What made this fight different from others that occurred during Red Cloud’s War?
- What weapons did the soldiers use? What weapons did the Indian warriors use? Name the tribes involved. Did either side have an advantage because of their weapons?
- What was Red Cloud’s War? Why did the Indian Wars occur?
- How were wagon boxes used in this fight? How did they help or hinder the soldiers and the Indians?
- How many soldiers fought in the battle? How many Indian warriors?
- How long did the fighting last?
- What led to the end of the Wagon Box Fight? Which side won? Why?
- What happened to Fort Phil Kearny after this fight?
THERE ARE HUNDREDS of more good questions a person could ask about the Wagon Box Fight.
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