Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The May 1, 1782 Second Battle of Tucson

A few years (about 3 years) after the First Battle of Tucson, another battle was fought for control of the Arizona, California, and Sonora, Mexico region. A total of between 40 and 60 white soldiers were stationed at the fort said to have been located in downtown Tucson. After the whites had launched raids against Anishinabe people living in close proximity of Tucson, Anishinabe ogimak ordered their brave soldiers to assemble for another assault on Tucson. They supposedly numbered near 600. As the force of some 600 Anishinabe soldiers approached the target of their military campaign (Indian Town and Tucson) they split up in two forces. According to historians both groups of Anishinabe soldiers were defeated by only 62 white soldiers and 10 of their Indian allies. However, the whites had the superior weapons and were hiding behind their fortifications. Anishinabe casualties were estimated at 8 killed and an unknown number wounded. White casualties were 2 killed and 3 wounded. It would not be the last battle at Tucson.

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