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27 November 1868

The Battle of the Washita occurred on this day in 1868 when Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s 7th U.S. Cavalry attacked Black Kettle’s Southern Cheyenne camp on the Washita River (near present-day Cheyenne, Oklahoma), part of a major winter... Read more ...

27 November 1868

Battle of the Washita
The Battle of the Washita occurred on this day in 1868 when Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s 7th U.S. Cavalry attacked Black Kettle’s Southern Cheyenne camp on the Washita River (near present-day Cheyenne, Oklahoma), part of a major winter encampment of numerous Native American tribal bands.

Following the event, a controversy arose as to whether the event was best described as a military victory or as a massacre. This discussion endures among historians to this day.


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    1. Cock screw
    2. Cock spur
    3. Neck of the cock
    4. Body of the cock
    5. Tumbler screw
    6. Upper jaw
    7. Piece of leather
    8. Flint
    9. Lower jaw
    10. Face of frizzen (steel)
    11. Pan cover
    12. Tail of frizzen
    13. Pan cover screw
    14. Pressure arm
    15. Frizzen spring
    16. Frizzen spring screw
    17. Pan
    18. Lockplate
    19. Threaded hole for foremost lock plate screw
    20. Threaded hole for frizzen screw
    21. Bolster
    22. Pan screw
    23. Threaded hole for rearmost lock plate screw
    24. Anslagsflater
    25. Studdelskrue
    26. Studdel

    27. Stangfjærskrue
    28. Stangfjær
    29. Stang
    30. Stangskrue
    31. Nuss
    32. Nusskrapp
    33. Tumbler hook of mainspring
    34. Slagfjærskrue
    35. Lower limb of mainspring
    36. Slagfjærøre
    37. Upper limb of mainspring
    38. Cup of tumbler
    39. Stangarm
    40. Gjengehull for slagfjærskrue
    41. Gjengehull for fengpanneskrue
    42. Gjengehull for stangfjærskrue
    43. Gjengehull for stangskrue
    44. Forsterkningsknast for gjengehull
    45. Firkanttapp for hane
    46. Nusstapp
    47. Halvspennro
    48. Helspennro
    49. Springkile