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My Rogue River Indian War Pages


Takelma, Latgawa, Chasta Costa
Early ethnographic information trying to untangle who's who.

Pioneering in Southern Oregon
Setting the scene. A 1924 history of Southern Oregon, up to 1853.

Rogue River Indian War, 1850-53
An early, 1867, attempt at a history of the Indian war.

Rogue River Indian War, 1854
Relevant papers assembled in 1858--covering every other Indian trouble as well.

Rogue River Indian War, 1851-56
From the Army's point of view.

Rogue River Indian War, 1847-56
From the volunteers' point of view. An 1860 history.

John Beeson
The voice crying in the wilderness.

Memoirs of Daniel Giles
Giles' Indian friends warned him about coming war in 1853.

Rogue River Indian War, 1851
Newspaper and first-person accounts of the troubles of 1851.

Rogue River Indian War, 1852
The trouble at Big Bar.

Rogue River Indian War, 1853
Newspaper and first-person accounts of the troubles of 1853.

Rogue River Indian War, 1855-56
Newspaper and first-person accounts of the troubles of 1855-56.

Lieutenant Sweitzer's Memoirs
From Fort Lane to the Battle of Big Bend.

Oregon Generals
First-person assessments--complete with snide asides.

Volunteers vs. the Regulars
A volunteer memoir critical of the army.

Battle Rock, 1851
First-person, contemporary and reminiscent accounts of the battle.

1853 Spoliation Claims
Affidavits detailing damages during the 1853 war.

The War of '55
An 1888 account of the war.

The Siskiyou Massacre
The September 25, 1855 event that precipitated the 1855-56 war.

The Lupton Massacre
Retribution for the above event, made the 1855-56 war inevitable.

Martin Angel
One of the many villains of the Indian wars.

Mrs. Harris
One of the most mythologized stories of the war. Conflicting versions.

The Battle of Hungry Hill, 1855
Contemporary and reminiscent accounts.

Siege of Galice Creek, 1855
White and Chinese miners against the Indians.

The Battle of the Cabins
The January 1856 battle in the Applegate Valley.

Fort Miners
Contemporary and later accounts of the trouble at Gold Beach.

The Battle at Fort Hay
March 23, 1856 battle in Illinois Valley.

Battle of Big Bend
The last battle of the Rogue River Indian Wars.

The Rogue River Indian Wars
Various accounts, varying viewpoints.

1855-56 Indian War Claims
Reports and correspondence concerning victims', volunteers' and suppliers' war claims.

The Oregon Superintendency
Thirty pages. Correspondence with the Oregon office of Indian affairs.

Chief John
War general of the Rogue Rivers.

Enos
War general, killer of Ben Wright, mystery man.

The Gore Stockade
Notes on one of the Rogue Valley forts.

Autobiography of Jo Lane
Autobiographies from the pen and mouth of General Lane.

Jo Lane Biographies
Some early biographies.

Letters to Jo Lane
Hundreds of letters written to the general, governor and senator, 1849-81.

August Valentine Kautz
A few letters from one of the principals of Hungry Hill.

The Earliest Histories
Two of the earliest attempts to write a history of the Rogue River Indian Wars.

Drew's Views
Charles S. Drew's one-sided history of the Rogue River Indian Wars.

Ripped from the Headlines, 1855-56
Early newspaper reports.

Soldiering in Oregon
Two grunts' points of view.

Captain Ord's Diary, 1856
Including the surrender of Chief John and the action at the Mikonotunne village, March 26, 1856.

The Legends of Table Rock
Debunking the myths associated with the landmark.

The Table Rock Treaty
First-person accounts and the text of the treaty.

Port Orford, 1856
Accounts of the massacre and the murder of Ben Wright.

The T'Vault Accounts
Accounts of his disastrous Port Orford expedition.

William Green T'Vault
T'Vault biographical documents.

Uncle Jimmy Twogood
The life and times of the first white man to live on Grave Creek.

George H. Abbott
Indian protector, Indian killer. Also the battle of Pistol River.

General John K. Lamerick
Some shreds of information about one of the mystery men of the Indian wars.

Tyee George and Skookum John
The 1863 coda to the 1855-56 war.

The Casualty List
The white ones, of course. If you should put together a list of the Indian dead, I'd be happy to post it.

and last--and certainly least:

Reminiscences of Ezra Hamilton
How not to do history.




Last revised March 20, 2017