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Near Pilot Rock in Umatilla County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)

Battle Mountain

Oregon History

Oregon History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, June 24, 1997
1. Oregon History Marker
Inscription.  The decisive engagement of the Bannock War was fought on the foothills of Battle Mountain, July 8, 1878. The war - a protest against white encroachment, and the last major uprising in the Pacific Northwest-was started by Bannock Indians, but Egan, a Piute, inherited command. Wounded, he led the Bannocks, Piutes, and Snakes on a wide sweep out of Idaho, through eastern Oregon and into the Blue Mountains. His hope was to win the Umatillas. Troops of the 1st Cavalry, 4th Artillery, and 21st Infantry Regiments-under the command of Gen. Oliver O. Howard defeated him here, and a few days later he was betrayed and his scalp was delivered at camp. His followers scattered.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWars, US Indian.
Location. 45° 17.022′ N, 118° 58.075′ W. Marker is near Pilot Rock, Oregon, in Umatilla County. Memorial is on Pendleton-John Day Highway (U.S. 395), on the right when traveling south. The marker is located in Battle Mountain Forest State Park, north of the summit. Touch for map. Marker is in
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this post office area: Pilot Rock OR 97868, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Battle Mountain (approx. 1.2 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. The Bannock War. The history of the Bannock War. (Submitted on August 17, 2016.) 

2. War with the Snake, Bannock and Paiute, Umatilla County, Oregon. (Submitted on August 17, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,680 times since then and 355 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 14, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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Nov. 30, 2023