Battle of Solomon Fork (1857)
Though the exact location is unknown, but thought to be near Penokee, in Graham County, the Battle of Solomon Fork took place along the Solomon River in July, 1857. The skirmish was led by Colonel Edwin V. Sumner, commander at Fort Leavenworth, who had taken to the field in an effort to subdue the Cheyenne Indians. With a force of about 500 men, Sumner and his troops were in what is now Sheridan County, when he received word from his scouts that a large body of Indians was massed a short distance ahead. On July 29th, they pursued the Cheyenne down Solomon’s Ford of the Kansas River when they came upon about 300 Cheyenne warriors, drawn up in battle array.