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On May 16, 2015, under fair skies of a mild spring morning, Medal of Honor recipient at the Battle of Big Hole, Sgt. Milden H. Wilson, was ceremoniously honored at Erie Cemetery in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Organized and participated in by representatives from Veterans of For...

July 2, 2018

They Said It…………


April 19, 2018

Note: Robert Luppi is president of the Friends of Bear Paw, Big Hole & Canyon Creek Battlefields as well as a direct descendent of John McLennon.

John McLennon earned the Medal of Honor for “gallantry in action” while serving with Company A of the 7th U.S. Infantry at t...

 Frederick Stortz

As time slips by since that fateful early dawn along the Big Hole when so many died or were maimed for life, we sometimes forget the human side of the story. We thank Ms. Sullivan for offering this wonderful biography of just one of the many so we neve...

April 19, 2018

Note: Dr. Richard M. Luppi is a member of the board of the Friends of Bear Paw, Big Hole & Canyon Creek Battlefields. Luppi is also a direct descendant of Patrick Rogan.

Substitute Volunteer for the Union Army

Patrick Rogan was born in County Leitrim, Ireland, in 1847 an...

April 16, 2018

 Note: Friends President Robert Luppi provides a brief biography of how a young Arapaho Indian was adopted by an officer who was wounded in the Battle of Big Hole.

Sherman Coolidge was born in 1862 near Goose Creek in the Wind River area of Wyoming.  He was an Arapaho I...

April 16, 2018

The little know Battle of Canyon Creek took place on Thursday September 13th and lasted from 10 AM until dark, and was essentially a running fight against Nez Perce sharpshooters who fought a fierce almost text book rear­ guard action against the Seventh. Sturgis s...

April 16, 2018

After defeating the Seventh Cavalry at Canyon Creek, Chief Joseph headed north to the Mussel Shell and Missouri River fighting a rear guard action with the Crow and Cheyenne scouts. On September 23rd they reached the crossing at Cow Island on the Missouri River and wer...

April 16, 2018

Miles realized that were unable to overrun the camp. The Hotchkiss Gun firing two-pound explosive shells at a rate of 12 a minute was brought up and began to fire into the camp. However, bold Nez Perce sharpshooters soon crawled up and shot the mules and riders of the...

April 16, 2018

All Photos © Bob Reece

Picture 1 looks north--On August 7, 1877 the Nez Perce under the leadership of Looking Glass entered the Big Hole Valley and made camp. The Nez Perce knew this area from years of passing through on the way to hunt the buffalo. The Nez Perce number...

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