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

Siege Site

 
 
Siege Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
1. Siege Site Marker
Caption: (bottom left) The Rice trowel bayonet.
Inscription. In front of you on the morning of August 9, 1877, you would have seen soldiers and Montana volunteers pass by as they began to deploy for the coming attack on the Nez Perce encampment just through the trees.
Following the army's surprise attack, the Nez Perce mounted a fierce counter-offensive. Here soldiers frantically dug rifle pits as warriors surrounded them. Low mounds and shallow ditches are the only evidence of the desperate fighting that centered on this pine thicket.

(Captain Rawn and his company) met the main body trying to entrench, by throwing up dirt, the rice trowel bayonet for that purpose. One man would scrape up the dirt while every second man would continue to fire.... We now lay in a square probably forty feet each way, the Indians on every side, and not a man expecting to leave alive. - Corp. Charles N. Loynes, U.S. Army
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Nez Perce Trail marker series.
 
Location. 45° 38.862′ 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 east. Touch for map.
Siege Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
2. Siege Site Marker
Marker is at or near this postal address: 16425 Montana Highway 43, Wisdom MT 59761, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brave Warriors (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. This marker is located on the Siege Area Trail in Big Hole National Battlefield.
 
Categories. MilitaryNative AmericansWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 24, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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