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Near Wisdom in Beaverhead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Brave Warriors

 
 
Brave Warriors Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
1. Brave Warriors Memorial
Inscription.  
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



In Memory of
the Indians, Infants,
Children, Women
and Old Men
who were wounded
and killed near
this Battlefield
by White Soldiers

 
Erected 1928 by Nez Perce Indians and the Chief Joseph Memorial Association and Thain White (1951).
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the The Nez Perce Trail series list. A significant historical date for this entry is August 9, 1877.
 
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. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker
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, 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 (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); 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
Brave Warriors Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
2. Brave Warriors Memorial
its addition. It reads:


"In Memory of the Indians, infants, children, women, and old men who were wounded and killed near this battlefield by White Soldiers, August 9, 1877."

Weathering and vandalism endangered the sculpture and the unofficial memorial; both can now be seen in the visitor center.
 
The "Unofficial" Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
3. The "Unofficial" Memorial
Brave Warriors and the "Unofficial" Memorials image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
4. Brave Warriors and the "Unofficial" Memorials
The (approximate) original location of the Brave Warriors and the "Unofficial" Memorials image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
5. The (approximate) original location of the Brave Warriors and the "Unofficial" Memorials
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 290 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 24, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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