Battle Canyon

punished womans fork monument by Mickey Shannon

Photo by Mickey Shannon ( 

Travel to the place where the last Indian battle in Kansas was fought.  Punished Woman's Fork is approximately one mile South of Lake Scott State Park along Highway 95.  A monument overlooks the cave, canyon, and bluffs where the Northern Cheyenne hid, waiting to ambush the United States Cavalry.  

In the battle that ensued, Commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel William H. Lewis was mortally wounded.  He became the last officer killed in military action in the state of Kansas.  After the battle, the Northern Cheyenne fled during the night.

This area has been designated a State and National Historic Site. 

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