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

Big Hole National Battlefield Monument

 
 
Big Hole National Battlefield Monument, side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
1. Big Hole National Battlefield Monument, side 1
Inscription. (Inscriptions are found on three sides of this monument.)
On This Field
17 officers and 133 enlisted men of
the 7th U.S. Infantry
under its Colonel
Bvt. Major General John Gibbon with 8 other
soldiers and 36 citizens
surprised and fought all day a superior
force of Nez Perce Indians
more than one-third of command being
killed and wounded.


To
The officers and soldiers of the Army
And
Citizens of Montana
Who fell at
Big Hole
August 9th, 1887
In battle with Nez-Perce Indians


Killed
7th Infantry

Captain William Logan
1st Lieut. James H Bradley, 1st Lieut. William English
1st. Sergt. Robert L. Foseworth, Co.G. 1st. Sergt. Frederick Stortz, Co.K.
Sergt. Michael Hogan, Co. I. Sergt Wm. H. Martin, Co. C. Sergt. Wm. W. Watson, Co. F.
Corporal Wm. H. Payne, Co. D. Corporal Robt. E. Sale, Co. C
Corporal Daniel McCaffery. Co. I. Corporal Dominick O'Connor, Co. C
Corporal Jacob Eisenhut, Co. D
Musician Michael Gallaghar, Co. D. Musician Thomas Stinebaker, Co. K
Artificer John Kleis, Co. K
Privates: Matthew Butterly, Co. E. William D. Pomeroy, Co. F.
James McGuire, Co. F.
Big Hole National Battlefield Monument, side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
2. Big Hole National Battlefield Monument, side 2
John O'Brien, Co. G.
Cottlob Mauz, Co. G. McKinora L. Drake, Co. H.
Hermann Broetz, Co. I. John B. Smith, Co. A.

Sergt. Edward Page, Co. L. 2nd Cavalry
H.S. Botsvack (?), Post Guide at Fort Shaw

Citizen Volunteers

L.C. Elliott, John Armstrong, David Morrow,
Alvin Lockwood, Campbell Mitchell.

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Nez Perce Trail marker series.
 
Location. 45° 38.835′ N, 113° 39.13′ W. Marker is near Wisdom, Montana, in Beaverhead County. Marker is on Park Entrance Road near State Highway 43, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); Siege Site (within shouting distance of this marker); A Perfect Place to Rest (about 700 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
Big Hole National Battlefield Monument, side 3 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
3. Big Hole National Battlefield Monument, side 3
monument is located on Siege Area Trail in Big Hole National Battlefield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Big Hole National Battlefield, Montana - National Park Service. As American settlers moved west and justified westward expansion as the nation's Manifest Destiny, the Nez Perce had no alternative except to share their ancestral lands. Eventually, Americans’ interest in the land's riches and cultural conflicts between the settlers and the Nez Perce led to a series of bloody battles. One of the many battles, the Battle of the Big Hole in Wisdom, Montana changed the outcome of the Nez Perce War of 1877. (Submitted on September 25, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Battle of the Big Hole - Wikipedia. For the Nez Perce the losses in the battle were grievous. They had anticipated that, by leaving Idaho, they might leave the war behind them and live peacefully. Now, they knew that all white men were their enemies and they could expect no quarter in future battles. (Submitted on September 25, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

3. Native History: Nez Perce Fight Battle of Big Hole - Indian Country Today. Even General William Tecumsah Sherman, who was anything but sympathetic to Indians, was impressed with the Nez Perce, saying: “the Indians throughout displayed a courage and skill that elicited universal praise… [they] fought with almost scientific skill, using advance and rear guards, skirmish lines, and field fortifications.” (Submitted on September 25, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Big Hole National Battlefield Monument image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
4. Big Hole National Battlefield Monument
 
 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
Big Hole National Battlefield Monument image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
5. Big Hole National Battlefield Monument
Diagram of the Battle of the Big Hole image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
6. Diagram of the Battle of the Big Hole
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 25, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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