• Along the Washita - 1868 by Gene V. Dougherty

    Washita Battlefield

    National Historic Site Oklahoma

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    The Visitor Center parking lot and the Overlook parking lots will be repaved on Monday, September 29. These areas will still be accessible to the public, however, traffic flow may change during the project. Please be aware during your visit.

History & Culture

The 1868 Battle of Washita
by Steven Lang

NPS Photo/Steven Lang

Congress established Washita Battlefield National Historic Site as a unit of the national park system on November 12, 1996.

This site recognizes the attack by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his 7th U. S. Cavalry on the Cheyenne encampment of Peace Chief Black Kettle as a nationally significant element of the United States Government Indian policy and the struggles of the Cheyenne to maintain control of their traditional homelands.
 
Native Garden

Native Garden

NPS photo

Explore plants traditionally used by the Cheyenne in the Washita Native Garden. Shaped as a medicine wheel, the Native Garden is separated into four portions: Daily Living, Medicinal, Edible, and Home. The medicine wheel symbolizes the sacred hoop in many Plains Indian cultures. Visitors to the garden will be educated on native plant species and their importance in the tribal communities.

Click on the picture above to learn more about this garden.

Did You Know?

Captain Louis Hamilton

Captain Louis Hamilton was the first casualty during the attack on the Washita. Captain Hamilton was grandson of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States.