The morning was still and bitter cold when cultures clashed. . . .
The site protects and interprets the setting along the Washita River where Lt. Col. George A. Custer led the 7th U.S. Cavalry on a surprise dawn attack against the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle on November 27, 1868. The attack was an important event in the tragic clash of cultures of the Indian Wars era.
Did You Know?
Washita is an anglicized version of two Choctaw words “Owa Chito” meaning “Big Hunt.” Today it is pronounced Wash-i-taw.