1867 and 1868 were Fort Larned's most consequential years. In the spring of 1867, General Hancock blundered into war with the Cheyenne, a season of fighting known as Hancock's War. That conflict ended with the pivotal Medicine Lodge Treaty in October, 1867, which Fort Larned supplied. The following year, the gifts promised by the treaty were distributed at Fort Larned.
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In 1859, Capt. George H. Steuart oversaw the establishment of Camp on Pawnee Fork, which later became Fort Larned. He later joined the Confederacy and was captured at Spotsylvania by General Hancock. Hancock came to Fort Larned in 1867. More...