In 1980 Trek students travelling down the Missouri River took a few minutes to relive history in the remains of the rifle pits.
On the 23d day of September the hostile Nez Perces came from the direction of Judith Basin, arrived opposite their camp [at Cow Island], and crossed to the north side of the Missouri River They attacked this party (which had been increased to 12 enlisted men ... joined by four citizens) about 6 p.m., charged seven different times upon their rifle-pits, but were repulsed with some loss. They wounded two of the citizens (Walter and Weimar). The Indians burned about 50 tons of freight during the night of the 23d, and at about 10 a.m. on the 24th left the vicinity in the direction of the pass between the Bear's Paw and Little Rocky Mountains.

Col. John Gibbon
October 5, 1877

Check out our slideshow in Quicktime as we travel from Cow Island landing towards the Bear Paw.

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The Nez Perce Flight to Canada - An Introduction

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