Since that fateful December day in which Captain William Fetterman, two civilians, and 78 officers and men were annihilated in the present-day state of Wyoming, culpability has rested entirely with that officer. The oft- reason for this disastrous result is that Fetterman was effectively a reckless officer that dismissed out-of-hand the martial capabilities of warriors from the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe tribes. This derogatory opinion therefore, led to his leading the task force placed under his command on December 21, 1866 into an ambush and wholescale death to every soldier and civilian.
Jeter, Marc C.
"Calamitous Pursuit: The Fetterman Fight,"
Bound Away: The Liberty Journal of History: Vol. 3:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/ljh/vol3/iss2/6