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In Idaho, an emigrant wagon train attacked and scattered by Indians

"Protecting the Herd," Frederic Remington, circa 1907
09/09/1860 to 09/11/1860
The eight wagon Otter-Van Orman emigrant train came under attack from hostile Indians on the Snake River about fifty miles west of Salmon Falls in present-day Idaho. The families defended the wagon for several days before being forced to scatter.  At the end of an ordeal that lasted for more than six weeks, eighteen had been killed and the sixteen survivors were barely alive when an Army relief force found them in late October 1860.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
 John D. Unruh, The Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-60 (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1979), 190-192.

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