"I Will Fight No More Forever"

Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War

Merrill D. Beal

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  • Published: 1963. Paperback 2000
  • Subject Listing: Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 384 pp.
  • Contents

Unpublished letters and diaries by eyewitnesses, interviews with decedents, an intimate knowledge of the country enrich this narrative of the heroic Nez Perce Indian War waged in 1877 against relocation.

The result is a well documented chronicle offering new perspective on prewar Indian-white relations, United States government pressures and nontreaty rebellions, the five battles, subjection and surrender, and on the character of the leaders on both sides.

"From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever," Chief Joseph said in surrender. But as a guardian and protector of his people he at last succeeded in bringing back the remaining members of his tribe to their beloved valley.

Calling Professor Beal's book, "definitive, but not final," Herman J. Deutsch, professor emeritus of American history at Washington State University, writes in the foreword: "Joseph and his band remain an example and inspiration to those who today are seeking recognition as human beings, equal in the sight of God and therefore entitled to like status among men. Those who recognize that such aspirations must not for long remain unfulfilled can derive from Nez Perce history examples of the consequences of policies conceived in ignorance and colored with disdain of the culture and way of life of minority peoples. ...A world surfeited with deceptive success stories can ill afford to forget a people and their leader who attained their true moral stature as they were facing their doom."
From Peace to War
1) The Nez Perces at Home
2) A Golden Age of Indian relations
3) Indian Treaties and Controversies
4) On the Warpath
The Campaign in Idaho
5) The Battle of White Bird Canyon
6) Aftermaths, Skirmishes, and Repercussions
7) The Battle of the Clearwater
Crossing the Bitterroot Ranges
8) Crossing the Lolo Trail
9) Affairs at Fort Fizzle and in Montana
10) From Lolo Creek to the Big Hole Basin
11) The Battle of the Big Hole
12) Casualties, Evaluations, and Reactions
13) Incidents on the Route to Camas Meadows
14) The Raid and battle of Camas Meadows
15) On to Yellowstone National Park
16) Indians and Soldiers Cross the Park
Flight toward Canada
17) Escaping the Absaroka Blockade
18) The Batle of Canyon Creek
19) From the Musselshell to the Bear Paw Range
Seventh Cavalry Success
20) Colonel Nelson A. Miles Enters the Campaign
21) The Battle of the Bear Paws
22) "I WIll Fight No More Forever"
23) A Summary of the Nez Perce Campaign
Exile Decreed, Applied, and Abandoned
24) Trails of Triumph and Tears
25) Survival in Exile
26) Epical Twilights