Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

February 12, 1880 Battle of Pumpkin Creek

According to historians, Anishinabe Soldiers were launching raids in southeastern Montana in February of 1880. Too cold for such actions. However, it was whites who were troublemakers. Battle of Pumpkin Creek was a part of Mullan Road War. A list of Mullan Road War battles is above. These Anishinabe People may have been trying to flee to Canada, or south, or west, or were being forced to relocate to new Reservations, or possibly escaped from Fort Keough. American Soldiers were ordered to keep searching for Ojibways who refused to relocate to new Reservations and found a few near Fort Keogh, Montana. An indication they may have escaped from Fort Keough Military Reservation. They commenced to attacking them but they fled which resulted in American Soldiers and their Indian allies, following them. They did so for 65 miles until they reached Pumpkin Creek (near present day Volborg, Montana which is about 30 miles northwest of Broadus, Montana), and cornered at least 6 Ojibway Soldiers. In Battle of Pumpkin Creek which was fought on Thursday February 12, 1880, 1 Anishinabe Soldier was killed and 2 were wounded. White casualties were 1 killed and 3 wounded.

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