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By M. Timothy Nolting
For The Sun-Telegraph 

Across The Fence: Final Days of the Nez Perce War

 

The battle at Big Hole was a devastating loss for the Nez Perce. They had been unprepared for Colonel John Gibbon's surprise attack believing, as Looking Glass had assured, that by leaving Idaho Territory they would be safe. Nearly every Nez Perce family had been affected by the battle leaving family members either dead or wounded. And among the many wounded was Chief Joseph's wife.

The killing of men, women and children by U.S. troops changed the face of the Nez Perce War from being a fight for their homeland and freedom to one of revenge for the death of family that the warriors had fough...



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