MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Archaeologists have found musket balls and other artifacts confirming the site of the biggest battle of the Rogue River Indian Wars nearly 150 years ago.
The Mail Tribune reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/Qbcain ) the site of the 1855 Battle of Hungry Hill is west of Interstate 5 in Southern Oregon between Glendale and Sunny Valley.
After an attack on their reservation by miners from Jacksonville, a band of about 200 Indians fought off about 300 soldiers and militia members over several days. A few months later, the Indians were forced to move to reservations near Salem.
Southern Oregon University archaeologist Mark Tveskov (TVES-kawv) says clues came from an old New York newspaper account found by a member of the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians and a battle map in the National Archives.
Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/