Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

Battle of Batoche

It was a 4 day long siege which signaled the end of this short conflict. Very similar to the last battle of the 1876-1877 War in the Montana region which is known historically as the Battle of Bear Paw, which was a 5 day battle. The Battle of Batoche was fought at Batoche which was located in central Saskatchewan, from May 9, 1885 through May 12, 1885. Batoche was founded by whites in 1872, and was probably captured by Anishinabe soldiers, early on in this conflict. General Major Frederick Middleton, with his 915 soldiers, reached Batoche on May 9, 1885, then commenced to lay siege to the settlement. Middleton's soldiers used their howitzers and machine guns, to take a part the tiny settlement piece by piece. By May 12, 1885, the siege was over. It was a Canadian victory. Anishinabe soldiers numbered around 250, while the white soldiers numbered around 916. Anishinabe casualties were 51 killed, wounded, and captured, or about one fifth of their force became a casualty in this battle. White casualties were 8 killed and 22 wounded. Shortly after the Battle of Batoche, ogima Poundmaker surrendered to the whites. Only ogima Big Bear and his son ogima Little Bear, along with ogima Wandering Spirit, remained on the offensive.

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