Monday, August 21, 2017

Invading Montana

Nez Perce War memorial
Fort Missoula, MT

Custer's disastrous battle at Little Big Horn in 1876 is well known.  There were, however, other battles fought between Americans and indigenous people in Montana.  We noted some of them in the Montana chapter of America Invaded: A State by State Guide to Fighting on American Soil...

"Other tribes, however, took up arms against the Americans. US forces clashed with the Nez Perce at the Battle of the Clearwater in Montana in July 1877. After the battle, the Nez Perce retreated eastward, pursued by the US military. Other clashes followed. On August 9–10, 1877, the Battle of the Big Hole was fought between the US Army and the Nez Perce. It proved to be the second deadliest battle on record ever fought in Montana, costing over 110 lives, including women and children. Many of the Nez Perce surrendered to US forces after the Battle of Bear Paw Mountains later the same year. Others escaped north into Canada."

Rocky Mountain Military Museum

Travel Notes: Fort Missoula and the Rocky Mountain Military Museum ( is a great place to explore Montana history.

Signed copies of America Invaded: A State by State Guide to Fighting on American Soil are available at the Rocky Mountain Military Museum and

Regular copies may be purchased from

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"Invading" the Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History
Fort Missoula, MT

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