Col. Samuel D..Sturgis
The Clarks Fork flows into the Yellowstone River two miles east of Laurel Riverside Park. Somewhere between the park and the confluence, the Nez Perce and Sturgis's troops crossed the river.
Crossing the Yellowstone
Early in the forenoon we forded the river, where there was ample evidence that our wily foes had crossed, apparently many hours before.... The old colonel [Sturgis]... gave the order to go into camp....
Captain Benteen... picked out the most desirable place possible, and we swung into line, dismounted and were just preparing to unsaddle, when one of our scouts came galloping into camp, shouting at the top of his voice: 'Injuns, lnjuns! Big fight and fire down river!' One hasty glance confirmed his report, as dark clouds of smoke could be seen rolling up, and now and then came the faint, distant sound of rifle shots to our ears.
Pvt. Theodore Goldin