Auction 125, Lot 211

"Department of Columbia Map of the Nez Perce Indian Campaign", U.S. Army

Subject: Western United States

Period: 1877 (published)

Publication: Annual Report of the Secretary of War … 1877

Color: Black & White

45 x 21.3 inches
114.3 x 54.1 cm

A detailed map of the historic and skillful retreat of the Nez Perce Indians in the winter of 1877. It identifies forts, battle sites, trails, direction of troop movements, etc. In the face of relentless pursuit of the troops under Gen. Howard, Chief Joseph and his small band (less than 500 people counting women and children) fought one of the most extraordinary Indian Wars in American history. The map, which includes many notes and vignette views, records their retreat through the Bitterroot Mts., twice across the Rocky Mountains, through Yellowstone National Park, across the Missouri River to the Bear Paw Mountains. They surrendered on Eagle Creek, only 30 miles from their destination. An extraordinary map that covers Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Dakota, and Nebraska. Seven vignettes along the bottom show various fights and battles plus an inset map titled "Scene of the Outbreak." A large and historical map of one of the most tragic Indian campaigns. Accompanied by the full Annual report by the Secretary of Way which contains Gen. Howard's and Brigadier-General Terry's report on their Nez Perce campaign. The annual report also contains the reports of Generals Sheridan, Pope, Ord, Crook, Hancock, Augur, Ruger, McDowell, Kautz, Schofield and the Judge-Advocate-General. Terry's report contains two smaller folding examples of Howard's Nez Perce map: "Map Showing the Country Passed Over and Wagon Road made by Maj. H.M. Lazelle, First Inf." and a second copy of the same map printed in a larger format later in the report. This fine lot related to the Nez Perce campaign contains three folding maps and 337 pages of the Annual report, complete to the Judge Advocate General's report.


Condition: B+

This large folding map is loose from the report. It has some fold splits and light toning along one horizontal fold, else clean and bright. The printed reports are fine, disbound.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $325

Closed on 9/24/2008