Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The May 6, 1860 Williams Station Massacre

This so called massacre occurred on May 6, 1860, near where the present day Lahonton Resevoir is situated in Nevada. On May 6, 1860, a force of Anishinabe soldiers were instructed by their military commander to attack Williams Station. They did because some white men from Williams Station had raped two Indian girls. Three whites were killed and one somehow managed to escape. He notified the whites at Virginia City about the killing of the three white men at Williams Station, and the burning of the same Williams Station by Anishinabe soldiers. After the whites living in the Virginia City region learned of the massacre, they assembled a force of 105 militia. They were led by Major William Ormsby.

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