Attack at Bia Ogoi

Attack at Bia Ogoi (tmp-5cc27)

Location: Preston, ID 83263 Franklin County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 9.16', W 111° 54.437'

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Massacre at Bear River

—The Largest Indian Massacre in the West —

Before dawn on the bitterly cold day of January 26, Shoshone leader Sagwich rose early to survey the area. As he looked toward the bluffs to the south he observed what seemed to be a mist of fog crawling down the bluffs across the river from the camp. Suddenly a company of soldiers on horseback appeared. The alarm was raised in the camp and the Shoshone leaders gathered to parley with the soldiers However, upon fording the river and seeing the mass of Shoshone, the cavalry opened fire and advanced on the camp. At first they were driven back and several soldiers were killed. Eventually, regrouping and reinforced by the infantry, the soldiers attacked the encampment and what began as a battle quickly became a massacre. The creek bottom where the Shoshone turned for protection, became instead a trap. Many who were not killed outright drowned while trying to escape in the river. The soldiers, better equipped with guns and ammunition, slaughtered the Indians in hand-to-hand combat. According to the Shoshone, Col. Connor never had any intention of negotiating with their people and arrived with the specific intention of attacking the Indians, leaving them no alternative but death and annihilation. (Marker Number 5.)
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Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 3:14pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 425040 N 4667125
Decimal Degrees42.15266667, -111.90728333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 9.16', W 111° 54.437'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 9' 9.6" N, 111° 54' 26.22" W
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Area Code(s)208
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2852-2918 US-91, Preston ID 83263, US
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