Luther “Yellowstone” Kelly- Fresh out of the Army in 1868, he embarked on a 12-year journey through the northern Plains that made him a legend in his own time.…He joined the Union army at age 15 to fight in the Civil War. Before he was 20, he was a well-known scout, frontiersman, explorer and Indian fighter
In the spring of 1865, with the Civil War winding down, Kelly secured permission from his mother to join the Army. He traveled to Rochester NY, where he attempted to join the Fourth New York Cavalry but was turned down due his young age 15. Later he joined the 10th Infantry by lying about his age. He was unaware that the 10th Infantry was not a volunteer corps and that he would be obliged to continue serving after the war.
After leaving the army, Kelly embarked on what The New York Times later called “the most adventurous period of his life”, establishing himself as “one of the greatest hunters, trappers, and Indian scouts” of the American West.
He guided two expeditions in Alaska and served as a captain of volunteers in the Philippines. His last assignment was as an agent on the San Carlos Indian Reservation and he later retired in California where he died. His last request was to be buried at the summit of Kelly Mountain in Billings Montana overlooking the land he scouted and loved.