The last “Indian War” in the State of Jefferson

Captain Jack, Modoc leader

Captain Jack, Modoc leader

Less than a generation after the so-called Rogue Indian Wars, there was one final battle between the Army and Native Americans in the region now known as the “State of Jefferson”: the Modoc War of 1872-73, in which a small band of Modoc men, women, and children held off a much larger force of American soldiers in the Lava Beds of Modoc County in northern California.

the Lava Beds, Modoc County, California

A glimpse of the Lava Beds, photo by Kevin Murphy.

For a solid little introduction to the war, check out this article from the Indian Country Today Newsletter.

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB.org) has also added to its excellent series, The Oregon Experience, with a documentary on the Modoc War.  It is well worth the hour it takes to watch.

Categories: Pacific Northwest and Mythical State of Jefferson.

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