Expansion, Frontier, American
The Swiss have made many valuable contributions to the development
of the United States, including the westward expansion, and people
from Switzerland participated in some of the most significant events
and activities in the development of the American frontier. They were
involved in treks to the West, were found in many mining camps and in
pioneer settlements, and served in the US Army. Among the most celebrated
Swiss soldiers was Ernest Yeuve, from Neuchatel, who received
the Congressional Medal of Honor for driving off an Indian warrior in
1874 after brief hand-to-hand combat. His citation commended him for
the "gallant manner in which he faced a desperate Indian." No less
bravely, other men from Switzerland also fought in the campaigns of the
American West, including the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.
"The Swiss At The Battle Of The Little Bighorn, 1876,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 47
, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol47/iss1/2