Field Officers' Quarters

Field Officers' Quarters (HM2NC8)

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N 47° 59.188', W 104° 0.052'

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Fort Buford State Historic Site

This building was constructed in 1871 as the post commanding officers' quarters. It served in that capacity until 1889, when a new commanding officers' quarters was built near the north side of the post. The single most important event that occurred in this building was the formal surrender of the Hunkpapa leader Sitting Bull. This event helped end warfare on the Northern Plains.
On July 20, 1881, Sitting Bull met in this building with Major David H. Brotherton, Fort Buford's Commanding Officer. At Sitting Bull's side was his young son Crow Foot. Sitting Bull gave his Winchester rifle to Crow Foot and then told him to give the rifle to Major Brotherton.
"I surrender this rifle to you through my young son, who I now desire to teach in this manner, now that he has become a friend of the American people. I wish to teach him the habits of the whites and to have him educated as their sons are educated. I wish it to be remembered that I was the last man in my tribe to surrender my rifle..." — Sitting Bull, as recorded by Joe Culbertson, Indian Scout.
HM NumberHM2NC8
Placed ByState Historical Society of North Dakota
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Date Added Monday, December 2nd, 2019 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 574549 N 5315279
Decimal Degrees47.98646667, -104.00086667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 59.188', W 104° 0.052'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 59' 11.28" N, 104° 0' 3.12" W
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