Near Tule Lake in Siskiyou County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Although the inscription on the cross may elicit strong emotions in some modern visitors, it illuminates the point that other people see events through the lens of their own culture and time. In 1873, what some Modocs considered a justifiable war tactic, the U.S. Arms considered murder. No monument commemorates the places where Modocs may have felt their attempts to live peaceably were betrayed.
More than any other Modoc War site, Canby Cross represents the vast gulf between the predictions of the two sides during wartime, and challenges us to look beyond history to the assumption of our own cultures. As in all wars, there were no innocent parties in this conflict.
Location. 41° 49.112′ N, 121° 32.615′ W. Marker is near Tule Lake, California, in Siskiyou County. Marker can be reached from County Route Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tulelake CA 96134, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Last Meeting of the Peace Commission (within shouting distance of this marker); Attracted to Water (approx. ¾ mile away); War in the Lava Beds (approx. ¾ mile away); Modoc War Casualties (approx. 0.8 miles away); River of Rocks - The Devils Homestead Lava Flow (approx. 2 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 2 miles away); The Road to the Stronghold (approx. 2.3 miles away); Lava Fortress (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tule Lake.
More about this marker. A short trail from the parking lot leads to Canby Cross.
Also see . . . Edward Canby - Wikipedia. In August 1872, Canby was posted to command the Pacific Northwest. He soon faced problems with the Modoc tribe, who had traditionally lived in Northern California... General Canby had received conflicting orders from Washington as to whether to make peace or war on the Modoc. As war was not working, the US government authorized a peace commission and assigned Canby a key position on it. (Submitted on August 30, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Additional keywords. Modoc War
Categories. • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 30, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.