The Skirmish at Spring Creek

The Skirmish at Spring Creek (HM16N9)

Location: Nelson, NE 68961 Nuckolls County
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N 40° 8.826', W 97° 53.544'

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From April through October 1870 Company C of the second U.S. Cavalry garrisoned a temporary military post, Camp Bingham, located northeast of here on the Little Blue River, to protect nearby settlements from Indians.

On May 15 Sergeant Patrick J. Leonard and Privates Heath Canfield, Michael Himmelsbach, Thomas Hubbard, and George W. Thompson were sent to search for lost horses on Spring Creek. Near this spot on May 17 the five soldiers were attacked by about fifty Indians. After a two-hour skirmish in which Hubbard was wounded and the cavalrymen's horses killed, the Indians withdrew.

When a report of the skirmish reached Secretary of War William W. Belknap, he ordered Medals of Honor presented to Leonard, Canfield, Himmelsbach, Hubbard, and Thompson. More Medals of Honor were won in this brief engagement than in any other incident in Nebraska's military history.

HM NumberHM16N9
Series This marker is part of the Medal of Honor Recipients series, and the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series.
Marker Number330
Placed ByNebraska State Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 9:30am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 594342 N 4444672
Decimal Degrees40.14710000, -97.89240000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 8.826', W 97° 53.544'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 8' 49.56" N, 97° 53' 32.64" W
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Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 175 Unnamed Road, Nelson NE 68961, US
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