“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near White Bird in Idaho County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)

June 17, 1877

June 17, 1877 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 5, 2018
1. June 17, 1877 Marker
Inscription.  On the more distant of the ridges Lieutenant Theller halted and deployed his advance guard, at the same time sending word that the Indians were in sight. I immediately formed my company 'left front into line’ at a trot, gave the order to drop carbine and draw pistol, intending to charge the Indians. I turned to my trumpeter to give the order when I found out that he had lost his trumpet... --- Capt. David Perry, U.S. Army

Unlike the trained white soldier, who is guided by the bugle call, the Indian goes into battle on his own mind’s guidance ...
In this charge against the soldiers’ right flank,
waláytic, sarpsis ilppilp, and tipyahlahnah kapskaps were to start in the charge, all of the three wearing full-length red blanket coats of same make and pattern. These coats were to show their contempt, their fun-making of the soldiers, to draw their rifle shots, of which they were not afraid.
Other warriors follow after them riding singly, and many hanging on the side of their horses, shielded thus from the soldiers’ sight ... --- weyáwaci.ćkan
(John Miles)

As you walk the 1.5-mile-round-trip,
Paid Advertisement
Click on the ad for more information.
Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor.
Click or scan to see
this page online
moderately strenuous trail you will begin to understand how the terrain played such a important role in determining the outcome of his battle.
For you safety carry plenty of water and wear a hat of protection from the summer sun. Stay on the trail and keep pets on a leash at all times.
Elevation gain: 250 feet
Erected by National Park Service, Nez Perce National Park.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the The Nez Perce Trail series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 17, 1877.
Location. 45° 46.896′ N, 116° 16.536′ W. Marker is near White Bird, Idaho, in Idaho County. Marker can be reached from Old Highway 95 near Two Moon Trail, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: White Bird ID 83554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Truce or War (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nez Perce War (approx. 1½ miles away); White Bird Battlefield (approx. 1½ miles away); Salmon River (approx. 4.4 miles away); White Bird Grade (approx. 4.6 miles away); Camas Prairie (approx. 6.9 miles away); Gathering at Tipahxlee’whum (Tepahlewam)
June 17, 1877 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 5, 2018
2. June 17, 1877 Marker
(approx. 9.4 miles away); Salmon River Canyon (approx. 11.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Bird.
Also see . . .  Battle of White Bird Canyon. ... U.S. Government launched a campaign to move all the Nez Perce onto the new, smaller reservation. The Nez Perce leaders who had not signed the treaty and who lived off the new reservation ignored the orders. Foremost among them was Old Joseph, who led a band that lived in Oregon's Wallowa Valley. Young Joseph, who succeeded his father as chief, hoped that a peaceful solution could be found, for he did not wish to go to war or leave his home. (Submitted on June 30, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 30, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 30, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr

CeraNet Cloud Computing sponsors the Historical Marker Database.
This website earns income from purchases you make after using our links to We appreciate your support.
Paid Advertisement
Jun. 12, 2024