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Ft Missoula Presents Unique Perspective on 1877 War

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The Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History at Fort Missoula. (RMMMH Photo)

Wednesday, July 25, the life of Charles Erskine Scott (C.E.S.) Wood will be presented at the Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History at Fort Missoula.

Jim Zimmerman will portray Wood, who was a Aide de Camp to General Oliver Otis Howard during the 1877 war the flight of the non-treaty Nez Perce and Chief Joseph.

The Nez Perce Trail Foundation and the Nez Perce National Historic Trail are partnering with the museum for unique presentation on the lawn of the museum.

This year is the 135th year since the 1877 war and flight, which is remembered at the Big Hole National Battlefield and, since 1986, along the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, which follows the 1,170 mile route from Idaho to near the Canadian Border.

C.E.S. Wood is credited with recording Chief Joseph’s words at end of the flight “…I will fight no more forever.”

Wood is known to have rejected the fundamental assumption of American civilization’s superiority. He was a soldier, attorney, advocate, author and poet.

The presentation is free and will be at 7pm at Fort Missoula, which is near Community Hospital and can be reached from Reserve Street in Missoula.

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