Historic Re-Ride from Fort Rice to Fort Lincoln

The Frontier Army of the Dakota (FAD) invites reenactors and modern civilians to participate in a re-ride of the trail from Fort Rice to Fort Lincoln June 17th and 18th, 2011, for the 135th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Fort Rice was one of the main staging area for troops and supplies for the summer campaign. Experience the journey by riding the same miles that the 7th Cavalry Regiment, infantry, civilian teamsters, Arikara and Crow scouts traveled.

Military reenactors on horseback and army wagons will start the column. Modern horse riders and wagons are encouraged to join the journey behind the reenactors. This will allow for photographic opportunities. FAD promotes the involvement of women. Elizabeth Custer was one of the very few women who rode with the military on the first two days.

Friday participants will hitch the wagons, saddle the horses and ride, walk, or march to a halfway point of about 12 miles. Overnight camping will be primitive.

Friday evening FAD members will present a short informal program on the military history of the area.

Saturday morning we will ride the last few miles into Fort Lincoln, parade through the fort like the military did on May 17, 1876. The re-ride coincides with Fort Abraham Lincoln's annual festival. All are invited to stay and participate as reenactors or spectators of the festival.

The ride is still in the planning stages, so watch future issues of the Post Dispatch for more details. When details become finalized, registration and more information may be obtained by contacting:

Kathy Elijah; kmelijah7@hotmail.com
513 N 33rd St.
Bismarck, ND 58501

Cheryl Stein; fadstein@srt.com
2900 139th St. NE
Surrey, ND 58785

Fort Rice in 1865 is from a set of ten prints from a series of seventeen paintings of Army forts by Seth Eastman from the Center of Military History.

Most of the major expeditions between 1864 to 1873 started from Fort Rice, a stockaded post thata commanded most of the Missouri River in the Dakotas during its early days.

It was established on July 7, 1864, by General Alfred H. Sully as a field base during his 1864 expedition. It is located approximately 230 miles south of Mandan, ND, on Highway 1806.


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