Week 05: January/February

Week 5: January 29th thru February 4th

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1/29 of… 1863

The Bear River Massacre (Washington Territory). As the Shoshone Indians in the Cache Valley (now UT) were slowly pushed from their historical lands and forced to starvation by white settlers and miners, incidents escalated between whites and Indians. These were led by Chiefs Sanpitch, Sagwitch, Bear Hunter, and others. Finally, the Army took drastic action: troops led by Col. P. Edward Connor attacked Bear Hunter’s winter camp at the confluence of Bear River and Battle Creek. Dramatically out-gunned, the Indians were slaughtered. Modern estimates put the death toll among the Indians at between 250-350 men, women and children. The few survivors were left to starve…Old West Daily Reader Subscribe Today

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