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White Bird in Idaho County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Truce or War

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 5, 2018
1. Truce or War Marker
Inscription. Five warriors, led by wet’itwe’tit hawalis . . . had been sent out . . . as a peace party to meet the soldiers. Of course they carried a white flag. Peace might be made without fighting. -- himi'n maqsmaqs (Yellow Wolf)

You are looking toward a ridge where the entire war might have been averted. Up this slope, a delegation of five Nez Perce carried a white flag toward the approaching cavalrymen. For unknown reasons, Ad Chapman, captain of the volunteers, fired two shots, and the Nez Perce warriors returned fire. All chance of a negotiated truce ended at that moment. Warriors were positioned in ravines and on hills around this site to defend the village. Within the first minute, otstotpoo (Fire Body) fired a long shot and killed Trumpeter John Jones, making it difficult for the officers to communicate commands down the line.
 
Erected by National Park Service, Nez Perce National Park.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Nez Perce Trail marker series.
 
Location. 45° 46.962′ N, 116° 16.464′ W. Marker is in White Bird, Idaho, in Idaho County. Marker can be reached from Old Highway 95 near Two Moon Trail, on the left when traveling
Truce or War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 5, 2018
2. Truce or War Marker
north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: White Bird ID 83554, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. June 17, 1877 (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. 4.3 miles away); White Bird Grade (approx. 4½ miles away); Camas Prairie (approx. 6.8 miles away); Gathering at Tipahxlee’whum (Tepahlewam) (approx. 9.3 miles away); Salmon River Canyon (approx. 11.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Bird.
 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 30, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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