The Battle of the Big Hole

A History of General Gibbon's Engagement with Nez Percés Indians in the Big Hole Valley, Montana, August 9th, 1877.

Author: G. O. Shields
Published: 1889
Language: English
Wordcount: 22,218 / 72 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.3
LoC Category: E
Downloads: 1,039
Added to site: 2010.03.08
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Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: History, War
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ngers were promptly arrested, placed in the guard-house, and kept there until the end of the campaign. But the news they brought spread like wild fire, and the whole country was alarmed. Captain Rawn's command consisted of only two companies--his own and Capt. William Logan's (A and I), of the Seventh Infantry.

Leaving twenty men to guard the post, Captain Rawn moved at once with the remainder of his force, numbering about fifty men, up Lo Lo Creek. He was joined en route by about one hundred citizens from the town and surrounding country. At the mouth of the cañon he halted and built a temporary barricade by felling trees across it and up the north wall to a considerable distance, the south wall being deemed impregnable without fortifying. The slope to the right was gradual and cut up with gulches and ravines, some of which extended clear to the top of the mountain.

The next day after Rawn took up this position, Joseph and his followers arrived in front of the works, sent in a messenger

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2011.04.18
Steve Black
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We have this book in our library and being a student of this battle it really helps if one puts this book into the times it was written. I would say that this is a good case study in sensationalism. This was published just twelve years after the battle and while it may be one of the first books ever written about the Battle of the Big Hole it is not very good and is full of errors.

I found many of the errors humorous such as the three treaties with the Nez Perce that not only had the wrong dates but there were only two treaties. Giving Chief Joseph much greater power than he ever had with the five bands is another good one.

If you know the history of the 1877 war this is a fun book to read, if you are looking for the flavor of the times it is ok. If you are looking for a good history of the Battle of the Big Hole, stay away from this book.


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