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Description: (THE DULL KNIFE FIGHT) JOHN A. MCKINNEY
(d. 1876) American military officer, lieutenant in Co. M, 4th Cavalry during the Great Sioux War of 1876. McKinney, who had boasted that he would kill an Indian with his saber, was ordered by Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie to assault 400 Cheyenne warriors and their families camped on a branch of the Powder River on Nov. 25, 1876. The Indians, led by Dull Knife and Little Wold, fought ferociously, at times hand-to-hand, and McKinney fell with six bullets in him. The troopers prevailed, burned 200 lodges, and the Cheyenne lost dozens in their retreat, many freezing to death in the following days. Rare partly-printed D.S. signed four times adding rank as second lieutenant of the 4th Cavalry, 2pp. folio, Fort Richardson, Tx., Sec. 31, 1872, a muster roll for Co. K listing himself, two sergeants and 18 men and listing their disposition (jailed, forfeited pay, attending sick horses, etc.). Fold tears, one substantial vertical tear, else quite good.

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March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

Stamford, CT, US

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