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The Battle of the Big Hole
A History of General Gibbon's Engagement with Nez Percés
Indians in the Big Hole Valley, Montana, August 9th, 1877.

The Battle of the Big Hole A History of General Gibbon's Engagement with Nez Percés Indians in the Big Hole Valley, Montana, August 9th, 1877.

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The Battle of the Big Hole A History of General Gibbon's Engagement with Nez Percés Indians in the Big Hole Valley, Montana, August 9th, 1877. - G. O. (George O.) Shields

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Title: The Battle of the Big Hole

A History of General Gibbon's Engagement with Nez Percés

Indians in the Big Hole Valley, Montana, August 9th, 1877.

Author: G. O. Shields

Release Date: March 8, 2010 [EBook #31549]

Language: English

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THE ASSAULT ON THE NEZ PERCÉ VILLAGE.

THE BATTLE

OF

THE BIG HOLE.

A HISTORY OF GENERAL GIBBON'S ENGAGEMENT WITH NEZ PERCÉS

INDIANS IN THE BIG HOLE VALLEY, MONTANA,

AUGUST 9TH, 1877.

BY

G. O. SHIELDS.

(COQUINA.)

AUTHOR OF RUSTLINGS IN THE ROCKIES, HUNTING IN THE GREAT WEST, CRUISINGS IN THE CASCADES, ETC.

CHICAGO AND NEW YORK:

Rand, McNally & Company, Publishers,

1889.

Copyright, 1889, by Rand, McNally & Co.


INTRODUCTION.

Camp Pilot Butte, Wyoming,

March 17 1889.

Mr. G. O. Shields, Chicago, Ill.

Dear Sir: I have read with a great deal of interest and pleasure the manuscript of your book, entitled The Battle of the Big Hole, and as a participant in the tragic affair it describes, can cheerfully commend it to all who are interested in obtaining a true history of the Nez Percé campaign. It is a graphic and truthful account of the Big Hole fight, and of the events leading up to it, and must prove a most valuable contribution to the history of our Indian wars.

I trust the book will meet with the generous reception it deserves.

Yours truly,

Chas. A. Coolidge,

Captain Seventh U.S. Infantry.


CONTENTS.


THE

BATTLE OF THE BIG HOLE.

CHAPTER I.

The Nez Percé Indians are a powerful and populous tribe, who, for centuries, have made their home in the Snake, Salmon, and Clear Water Valleys in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. When the great tide of civilization, which for years flowed toward the Pacific Coast, finally spread out into these valleys, questions arose between the emigrants and Indians as to the ownership of certain lands claimed by the latter, and the United States Government sought to settle these questions amicably. Commissioners were appointed and sent out to investigate and define the rights of the Indians, and in 1853, a treaty was concluded between the United States and the head chiefs and fifty-two of the principal men of the Nez Percé tribe, defining the boundaries of the country claimed by them, and ceding to the Government certain other lands which they had formerly occupied, but to which they had set up no valid claim.

In 1863, another treaty was made, modifying these boundaries to some extent, and in 1868, still another was negotiated at Washington that was finally signed by Lawyer, head chief of the Nez Percés, and by Timothy and Jason, sub-chiefs, all of whom claimed to be, and in fact were, acting for the entire tribe by virtue of authority given them by the tribal laws, and by a general council of their people assembled for

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