“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Tulelake in Siskiyou County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

The End of the Modoc War


—Lava Beds National Monument —

The End of the Modoc War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 10, 2008
1. The End of the Modoc War Marker
Click on photo to read the photo captions as well as the time line of events from April 16th through October 3rd, 1873.
Inscription. Through the winter of 1872-1873, a vastly outnumbered group of Modoc Indians resisted attempts by the U.S. Army to remove them from their homeland. Driven from Captain Jack's stronghold, the Modoc moved into this area in mid-April. Intimate knowledge of the land helped the Modoc ambush an Army patrol in the Thomas-Wright Battle and avoid capture for several more weeks. Ongoing disagreements among the Modoc, however, led to a splintering of their group, which brought about their eventual defeat. Modoc survivors of the war were exiled to Oklahoma, where many perished and their traditional culture was all but lost.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 41° 45.894′ N, 121° 33.39′ W. Marker is near Tulelake, California, in Siskiyou County. Marker is on Hill Road (County Road 10), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is located within the boundaries of the Lava Beds National Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Tulelake CA 96134, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Volcanic Classroom (here, next to this marker); Spatter Cones (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ambush at Midday - The Thomas-Wright Battle of April 26, 1873
The End of the Modoc War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 10, 2008
2. The End of the Modoc War Marker
(approx. 0.9 miles away); Beds of Lava (approx. 1.3 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 2 miles away); River of Rocks - The Devils Homestead Lava Flow (was approx. 2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Last Meeting of the Peace Commission (approx. 3.7 miles away); Canby Cross (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tulelake.
Also see . . .  A Brief History of the Modoc War. A pamphlet published by the National Park Service detailing the Modoc War.
The Modoc War was the only major Indian War fought in California, and the only one in which a general of the regular Army was killed.* Taking into consideration the number of people involved, this was one of the most costly wars in our history. There were no more than 60 Modoc fighters, and the maximum number of United States troops present at any one time was 600. The war itself ran from November 29, 1872 until June 1, 1873, although tensions leading up to the war began as early as 1826. At the end of the war, the fatalities included 53 United States soldiers, 17 civilians, and 15 Modoc warriors (only five of whom were killed in battle) (Submitted on February 22, 2013.)
Black Crater - Wright Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 2, 2009
3. Black Crater - Wright Battlefield
This sign is in the same pull off as the End of the Modoc War marker. This sign reads Black Crater-Thomas/Wright Battlefield
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 12, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 22, 2013, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3. submitted on February 12, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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