Battle of the Saline River (1867)
In August, 1867, P.S. Ashley and a crew of six were surveying the route for the Union Pacific Railway when they were attacked by a group of about 30 Cheyenne warriors, attempting to stop the construction of the iron rails through their homeland. All six of the railroad workers were killed, but one man named William Gould survived and was brought to Fort Hays where he told his story, before he too, died of his wounds. At that time, one of Fort Hays main functions was to protect the railroad workers and Captain Henry Corbin, commanding the Thirty-eighth Infantry and Tenth Cavalry, known as the “Buffalo Soldiers,” immediately ordered Captain George Armes, Company F, Tenth Cavalry, in pursuit of the Cheyenne.