Camas Meadow Camp and Battle Sites

E of Kilgore, Kilgore, Idaho

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Description 

On August 19, 1877, the military force led by Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard which had been pursuing the Nez Perce since their departure from Clearwater was in a position to intercept them in their flight to Canada. Here, on August 20, a pre-dawn raid by Nez Perce warriors succeeded in capturing most of Howard's pack mules, forcing the army to halt until more mules and supplies could be secured, which resulted in a time-consuming detour. The army's delay made it possible for the Nez Perce to escape into Yellowstone Park and Montana. Their remarkable journey toward Canada continued six weeks longer as a result of this raid. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, April 11, 1989

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 11, 1989
Reference number
89001081
Area of significance
Military
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Site
Historic function
Battle site
Current function
Unoccupied land
Period of significance
1875-1899
Significant year
1877
Number of properties
Contributing sites: 2