Forlorn Hope: The Nez Perce Victory at White Bird Canyon
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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