The Nez Perce discovered the Crows had now allied themselves with the whites.
1 do not understand how the Crows could think to help the soldiers. They were fighting against their best friends!
Poor Nez Perces! There are not more than perhaps 140 or 150 of them, while we had about 400 soldiers and nearly as many Crow Indians. I am actually beginning to admire their bravery and endurance in the face of so many well equipped enemies.
Dr. John FitzGerald
September 16, 1877