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Near Middleton in Canyon County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Ward Massacre

 
 
The Ward Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rebecca Maxwell, September 9, 2009
1. The Ward Massacre Marker
Inscription. Only 2 young boys survived the Indian attack on Alexander Ward's 20 member party, Oregon bound on August 20, 1854.

Military retaliation for the slaughter so enraged the Indians that Hudson's Bay Co. posts Fort Boise and Fort Hall had to be abandoned, and the Oregon Trail became unsafe without army escort. Eight years of Indian terror followed. Finally the 1862 gold rush brought powerful forces, civilian and military, that gradually subdued the tribes.
 
Erected by Idaho Historical Society. (Marker Number 75.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society, and the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 43° 40.618′ N, 116° 36.518′ W. Marker is near Middleton, Idaho, in Canyon County. Marker is on Lincoln Road 0.2 miles east of Middleton Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Caldwell ID 83605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. To the Memory of the Pioneers (within shouting distance of this marker); Violence is Avenged (within shouting distance of this marker); Peaceful Trading Turns Hostile (within shouting
Marker and Ward Memorial State Park image. Click for full size.
By Rebecca Maxwell, September 9, 2009
2. Marker and Ward Memorial State Park
distance of this marker); Hostility Erupts Into Violence (within shouting distance of this marker); The College of Idaho (approx. 3.7 miles away); Emigrant Crossing (approx. 4.1 miles away); Northwest Nazarene University (approx. 7.1 miles away); Lower Boise (approx. 10.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middleton.
 
More about this marker. This marker has been moved to stand near Ward Memorial State Park, a site dedicated to the victims of the massacre.
 
Additional comments.
1. I am a descendent of survivor William M Ward
I have heard about the Ward Massacre all my life, saw family photos of William and his brother Newton. I also saw the original newspaper articles from the dedication of the site and marker. William died in Yountville, California in the Veterans home there in 1922. Just this week I received jpg files of his original memoirs, that he dictated to someone. The first time I saw them was in 1969 when they were given to my grandmother. I remember they were rolled in a leather cover with rawhide
Ward Massacre Dedication Monument image. Click for full size.
By Rebecca Maxwell, September 9, 2009
3. Ward Massacre Dedication Monument
string. My grandmother, mother and I, sat on the bed and rolled them out very gently. The paper was brittle and golden brown. We sat for hours trying to read the pages. It was an amazing story that still needs to be told. I have started reading and transcribing it. I will be posting the original and transcription online soon. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted August 16, 2012, by Kari Lemons of Mountain View, California.

 
Additional keywords. Oregon Trail, Fort Boise, Fort Hall
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
Names of Those Killed in the Massacre image. Click for full size.
By Rebecca Maxwell, September 9, 2009
4. Names of Those Killed in the Massacre
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2009, by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. This page has been viewed 5,004 times since then and 191 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 9, 2009, by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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