Forlorn Hope: The Nez Perce Victory at White Bird Canyon

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Caxton Press, 2003 - History - 232 pages
Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Caxton Press
The Nez Perce victory at White Bird Canyon boosted their confidence as warriors and made them believe they could prevail in their fight to keep their homeland. The confrontation was the spark that ignited a four-month, 1,000-mile running battle that ended with Chief Joseph's surrender at Bear Paw, in Montana, less than 100 miles from safety.
 

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Contents

The First Raid
3
The Second Raid
15
The Norton Party
27
Developments At Mount Idaho
37
Help From Fort Lapwai
47
Military Biography
57
The Approach
71
The Battle White Side
79
Burying the Dead
115
Court of Inquiry
133
The Reasons Why
149
Laid to Rest
157
Appendix 1
165
Bibliography
209
Index
219
Copyright

Incidents Escapes and Rescues
101

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Page xiv - A few years more, and white men will be all around you. They have their eyes on this land. My son, never forget my dying words. This country holds your father's body. Never sell the bones of your father and your mother.

About the author (2003)

A former National Park Service historian and director of policy of the President's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, John D. McDermott now lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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