“I made all speed possible for the brush, for I could not see enough of the Indians behind the rocks to shoot at and had no cartridges to waste.”
“We saw no signs of Indians, and felt at no moment more sense of dange than we do here [at Fort Ellis].”
“The talk, which is part of the Gallatin Historical Society’s Fall Lecture Series, will focus the dramatic stories told by tourists who survived run-ins with the Indians in the Summer of 1877.”
” I supposed that I was the only one of the party left, unless it be my wife, and the speculations upon her fate almost set me mad. “
“I chanced to run under a tree, with low branches. I took hold of the branches and hoisted myself in, without any expectation of saving my life. I had no more than got into the tree, before an Indian on horseback dashed under it.”
I’ll focus on the human drama of the Indians’ encounters with tourists in Yellowstone Park.
“After traveling about a mile, I heard seven distinct shots fired, and supposed all the persons had been killed.”
“I saw half a dozen guns leveled at me so I made myself small as I could…. Bang! bang! bang! then zip! zip! zip! went the balls, but none struck me.”
A young woman watches in horror while Indians shoot her husband in the head.