Nez Perce Summer, 1877


Nez Perce Summer, 1877

The U.S. Army and the Nee-Me-Poo Crisis

Jerome A. Greene
Foreword by Alvin M. Josephy Jr.

578 pages
26 photographs, 16 maps, 2 appendixes, index


September 2022


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About the Book

Nez Perce Summer, 1877 tells the story of a people’s epic struggle to survive spiritually, culturally, and physically in the face of unrelenting military force. Written by one of the foremost experts in frontier military history, Jerome A. Greene, and reviewed by members of the Nez Perce tribe, this definitive treatment of the Nez Perce War is the first to incorporate research from all known accounts of Nez Perce and U.S. military participants.

Enhanced by sixteen detailed maps and forty-nine historic photographs, Greene’s gripping narrative takes readers on a three-and-one-half month 1,700-mile journey across the wilds of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana territories. All of the skirmishes and battles of the war receive detailed treatment, which benefits from Greene’s astute analysis of the strategies and decision making on both sides.

Between 100 and 150 of the more than 800 Nez Perce men, women, and children who began the trek were killed during the war. Almost as many died in the months following the surrender, after they were exiled to malaria-ridden northeastern Oklahoma. Army deaths numbered 113. The casualties on both sides were an extraordinary price for a war that nobody wanted but whose history has since fascinated generations of Americans.

Author Bio

Jerome A. Greene is a retired research historian for the National Park Service with more than forty years of government service. He is the author of twenty-four books, including American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890, Lakota and Cheyenne: Indian Views of the Great Sioux War, 1876–1877, and Morning Star Dawn: The Powder River Expedition and the Northern Cheyennes, 1876. Alvin M. Josephy Jr. (1915–2005) was a leading historian of the American West and author or editor of many award-winning books, including The Indian Heritage of America, Nez Perce Country (Bison Books, 2007), and Red Power: The American Indians’ Fight for Freedom, Second Edition (Nebraska, 1999).


“The story of the [Nez Perces’] escape, hardships, and ultimate defeat makes an epic struggle any Hollywood scriptwriter would admire. In Nez Perce Summer, 1877 Jerome A. Greene . . . is precise, even brilliant, in detailing the Nez Perce trail and the military groups that hounded them for weeks.”—Denver Post

“Greene’s book is a comprehensive, well-researched, and well-written study of the [Nez Perce War] and its aftermath.”—Library Journal

“[Jerome A. Greene] gives the Nez Perce saga the attention it deserves.”—Wild West

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Foreword, by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.
Introduction and Acknowledgements
Chapter 1: Reasons
Chapter 2: Eruption and White Bird Canyon 
Chapter 3 Looking Glass's Camp and Cottonwood  
Chapter 4: Clearwater
Chapter 5 Kamiah, Weippe, and Fort Fizzle
Chapter 6: Bitterroot and the Big Hole 
Chapter 7:  Camas Meadows 
Chapter 8: The National Park
Chapter 9: Canyon Creek  
Chapter 10: Cow Island and Cow Creek Canyon 
Chapter 11: Yellowstone Command  
Chapter 12: Bear's Paw: Attack and Defense 
Chapter 13: Bear's Paw Siege and Surrender  
Chapter 14: Consequences 
Appendix A: U. S. Army Casualties, Nez Perce War, 1877
Appendix B: Know Nez Perce Casualties, 1877

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