Excellent comment by ‘Anonymous’

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In response to this post on ‘Camping after the SHTF’ ‘Anonymous’ has left what I thought was a useful and educational response:

I realize this post is about 3 weeks old, and maybe this comment won’t be read, but I couldn’t help saying that your post brought to mind my studies of the Nez Perce war. Chased by General Howard, and later Col./Gen. Miles of the U.S. Army, 800 men, women and children (only about 200 of which were warriors) engaged 2,000 soldiers in a fighting retreat of 1,170 miles from June-October of 1877. They fought 4 major battles and multiple other serious engagements. Yet this band, with old men and women among their group and not enough horses, nonetheless had the ability to move, camp and fight effectively. They were surprised in the Clearwater by militia, who did not fare well; the militia were decimated, although roughly half of the tribe’s camp was destroyed or abandoned in the battle and subsequent retreat. Later on, the chiefs struggled with varying ideas about how to continue, with the idea by some that their early successes had dissuaded the Army from further pursuing them. They thus felt “safe” when they camped in Big Hole, where General Howard caught them again. That battle carried heavy casualties on both sides, but was disastrous for Howard’s soldiers, who had to withdraw. Many of these engagements were “victories” for the Nez Perce because they employed many of the disciplines you outlined in your post, particularly the use of scouts, back-tracking and snap ambushes.

Anyway, I just wanted to share that, and to commend your post and your site.

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    The Nez Perce’s tragic story is well covered in one of the episodes in Ken Burns’ excellent documentary series “The West”.