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Near Salmon in Lemhi County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

MacDonald's Battle

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 24, 2017
1. MacDonald's Battle Marker
Inscription. Whooping and yelling, Blackfeet Indians and white trappers "fought like deamons" in the defile before you in 1823.
After the Hudson's Bay Company trappers burned the Indians out of a strong position by starting a large brush fire, the Blackfeet lost ten warriors in a hot battle. Though he came out the victor, Finnan MacDonald decided that before he would return to trap anywhere around here again, "the Beaver will have a Gould Skin."
 
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 312.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 45° 1.2′ N, 113° 39.615′ W. Marker is near Salmon, Idaho, in Lemhi County. Marker can be reached from Highway 28 near Haynes Creek/17 Mile Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salmon ID 83467, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Waters Flowing to the Pacific (here, next to this marker); The Withington Caldera (approx. 1.8 miles away); Lewis Learns from the Lemhi Shoshone (approx. 1.8 miles away); Meriwether Lewis Makes Contact
MacDonald's Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 24, 2017
2. MacDonald's Battle Marker
(approx. 1.8 miles away); Sacajawea Comes Home (approx. 1.8 miles away); William Clark's Scouting Mission (approx. 1.8 miles away); Rheumatism and Recreation (approx. 2.4 miles away); Lewis and Clark (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salmon.
 
Also see . . .  Finnan MacDonald, A True Mountain Man -- Coeur d'Alene Press. In 1823, violence struck again as he led a party of 52 trappers into the Snake River country, an area known for hostile Blackfeet. Hudson's Bay Company agent Alexander Ross later wrote about it:
"The trip was as successful as would have been expected in this, for McDonald was a zealous and faithful servant; but in other respects, it was rather an unfortunate trip. In a conference with a war party of the Piegans one of his men got treacherously shot! In a pitched battle which took place between his party and the Blackfeet, he lost seven more of his men! and in a squabble with the Iroquois of his own party, he got badly wounded from an accidental discharge of a gun."
Though Finnan lost seven men, the Blackfeet lost 68 of their 75 warriors.
(Submitted on November 4, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNative AmericansWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 4, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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