Fort Benton in Chouteau County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Nez Perce War
Arriving at Cow Island too late to prevent the Indians from crossing the river, the volunteers pursued Chief Joseph and the bands of Nez Perce up the Cow Island Trail ... and found more Indians than they had bargained for. After one volunteer was killed and another was wounded, they let discretion be the better part of valor and retreated back to the landing to wait for the U.S. Army. The military finally caught up with the Nez Perce at Snake Creek in the Bear's Paw Mts. After a battle lasting several days, Chief Joseph surrendered to General Howard and Colonel Miles.
Erected by Fort Benton Community Improvement Association.
Marker series. This marker The Nez Perce Trail marker series.
Location. 47° 49.269′ N, 110° 39.757′ W. Marker is in Fort Benton, Montana, in Chouteau County. Marker is on Front Street near 18th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Benton MT 59442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buffalo Robe Fur Press (within shouting distance of this marker); The Engage's Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Fort Benton (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Benton and the Indian Wars (about 400 feet away); Fort Benton Historic District (about 400 feet away); Steamboat Relics (about 400 feet away); Fort Benton – Fort MacLeod Trail (about 500 feet away); War Dogs Memorial (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Benton.
More about this marker. This marker is in the riverside park opposite Old Fort Benton.
Also see . . . Cow Island, Montana. ...As darkness fell, Nez Perce warriors fired on the entrenched soldiers from the bluffs. While the army unit was thus pinned down behind their shallow entrenchments, the Nez Perce broke into the freight storage area under cover of night and took what they wanted.
The next day, the Nez Perce moved up Cow Creek, but on September 25, 1877, they again engaged in a rear guard action in what is sometimes referred to as the Battle of Cow Creek Canyon, repulsing a pursuing army unit under command of Major (Submitted on November 5, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 5, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.