Near Wisdom in Beaverhead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Memory of the
Brave Warriors of
Chief Joseph's Band
who fought on
Nez Perce War
the Indians, Infants,
and Old Men
who were wounded
and killed near
by White Soldiers
Erected 1928 by Nez Perce Indians and the Chief Joseph Memorial Association and Thain White (1951).
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Nez Perce Trail marker series.
Location. 45° 38.85′ N, 113° 39.114′ W. Marker is near Wisdom, Montana, in Beaverhead County. Marker can be reached from Park Entrance Road near State Highway 43, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16425 Montana Highway 43, Wisdom MT 59761, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Siege Site (a few steps from this marker); Big Hole National Battlefield Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); A Perfect Place to Rest Battlefield Landscape (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Story of Fires... to be continued (approx. 6.2 miles away); Natural Travel Corridor (approx. 7.8 miles away); Big Hole Valley (approx. 16.1 miles away).
More about this marker. The two memorials above, now on exhibit in the Big Hole National Battlefield Visitors Center, were formerly located on the Siege Area Trail near the Big Hole Battlefield monument. The Guide to the trails at Big Hole National Battlefield brochure provides the following information:
In 1928 this sculpted bust of a Nez Perce warrior was placed nearby by the Nez Perce Tribe and the Chief Joseph Memorial Association. Its inscription reads:
"To the everlasting memory of the brave warriors of Chief Joseph's Band who fought on these grounds in the Nez Perce War of 1877."
On the anniversary of the Battle in 1951, a third memorial, sometimes called the "Unofficial Memorial", was smuggled onto the Battlefield and cemented in place by local historian Thain White. White evidently believed that park management would not sanction its addition. It reads:
"In Memory of the Indians,
Weathering and vandalism endangered the sculpture and the unofficial memorial; both can now be seen in the visitor center.
Categories. • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 24, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.