Perspectives On The Grapevine Creek Battle - Lodge Grass Students
On Tuesday, April 20th students from the Lodge Grass ROTC honored their ancestors at the Fort C.F. Smith and Grapevine Creek Battle sites. As part of a cooperative project with Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area the students learned about the battle. They wrote stories, perspectives, and their thoughts on the sites and battle. Please read on to find out what they thought!
What I Never Knew, by Nancy Jefferson, 11th grade, JROTC Cadet Captain
The first thing we saw was the site of old Fort Smith where you could even see the old foundation and outline of the fort. From there, it was a long drive to the battle site. You could actually see where the battle took place.
The cadets set up a tepee, took some horses and dressed up in our regalia. We ended with lots of pictures.
The Battle, by Josiah Dust, 11th grade, Lodge Grass JROTC, Cadet Private First Class
The Grapevine Battle, by Shelley Ybarra, 10th grade, Cadet Corporal
It was a sunny day, hunting for buffalo. Mamie and I were gutting and skinning a huge male. We were halfway done when Mamie saw Blackfeet warriors on the top of a hill. We ran back to the village and told the chief. By then, our medicine man already knew about it, so they were pumped up for a fight.
It was tradition for the medicine man to run up to the enemy first. He charged up to the Blackfeet with determination to kill some people. He killed two warriors before the rest of us Crow warriors could join the battle.
I was a bit scared to charge up to the Blackfeet, but I did anyways. I had major butterflies, but I was excited at the same time. I killed five Blackfeet warriors before we won the battle.
Last updated: February 24, 2015