Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

August 1, 1867 Haystack Fight

From historical records, it was written Ojibway Soldiers who participated at this mysterious military engagement in Montana, may have numbered around 800. Some 21 American Soldiers and 6 civilians withstood a heated assault by Ojibway Soldiers, in a log stockade and triumphed. Anishinabe casualties may have numbered far more than claimed. Historians claim 8 Anishinabe Soldiers were killed and another 30 were wounded at Haystack Battle which was fought on Thursday August 1, 1867. Haystack Battle was a part of Mullan Road War. A list of Mullan Road War battles is above. White soldiers supposedly used their new Springfield-Allin Breech-Loaders rifles which could fire off up to 10 shots a minute. However, that leaves a question to ask ordinary historians. Would that new rifle still allow 27 white soldiers to dominate nearly 800 brave Anishinabe Soldiers? Answer would be no! Another weapon was used by at least 1 white soldier in this battle which could indicate that new weapon was their primary weapon used in this battle. It was a 16 shot Henry repeating rifle. Just an extension of a revolver to a rifle. This battle was fought some 3 miles northeast of Fort Smith, Montana within Crow Reservation. More research must be initiated to find out if it was fought somewhere else.

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