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.
Fifth Annual A Window on our World
Educators are invited to attend a Teacher Workshop emphasizing Cheyenne-Arapaho Perspectives in the classroom July 27.Read More
Park Announces Summer Tours and Programs
Beginning May 25, ranger-led tours and programs will be available every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day.Read More
Superintendent Frost Transfers to Fort Smith
Superintendent Frost transfers to Fort Smith National Historical Site after four years at Washita Battlefield. The open reception will be held Feb 15.Read More
Did You Know?
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site was established to protect, and interpret the site where at dawn on November 27, 1868 the Southern Cheyenne village led by Peace Chief Black Kettle was attacked by the 7th U.S. Cavalry under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer.