September 1, 1858 Battle of Four Lakes






Again, Americans put their latest new weapons of war to use in this Wednesday September 1, 1858 battle against Ojibway Soldiers, which occurred near present day Four Lakes, Washington. It's 26.5 miles west of Coeur d'Alene Reservation and 11.3 miles southwest of Spokane. Their goal was to make improvements to an old Ojibway Road later named Mullan Road. Battle of Four Lakes was a part of Mullan Road War. A list of Mullan Road War battles is above. During that time period, an escalation in developments of new weapons of war was intensifying, and Ojibway People would pay dearly for it, especially during this wars intensification in 1860s and 1870s. Under command of Colonel George Wright, around 500 American Soldiers, 200 white drovers and 30 of their Indian allies, battled around 500 Ojibway Soldiers near Four Lakes and prevailed. Interestingly, at this time, it was historically written that some Nez Perce were allies of Americans. On Wednesday September 1, 1858 Americans and their Nez Perce allies, were camped near Four Lakes and attacked by Ojibway Soldiers, who were incapable of defeating their enemies who had superior weapons. Ojibway casualties were obviously heavy. American Soldiers had new rifles which could shoot from a distance of 1,000 yards or near 1/2 a mile. American Soldiers suffered no casualties. Ojibway leaders were extremely angry after this battle to defend their ancient road.