Chief Washakie’s prowess in battle, efforts for peace, and commitment to his people’s welfare made him one of the most respected leaders in Native American history. In 1878 a U.S. army outpost located on the reservation was renamed Fort Washakie and was the only U.S military outpost to be named after a Native American. Being a friend of Brigham Young, he expressed sadness at the fighting his people had often done with the Utahns, but not until after President Brigham Young died in 1880, did he become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was baptized on the 25th of September in 1880 by Amos R. Wright. Hundred of Shoshone followed his example and were baptized soon thereafter.