Tuesday, October 05, 2004
I will fight no more. Forever
Newmexiken reminds us that on this date in 1877 Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce surrendered to the Army.
I am tired of fighting. Our Chiefs are killed; Looking Glass is dead, Ta Hool Hool Shute is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say "Yes" or "No." He who led the young men is dead. It is cold, and we have no blankets; the little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are - perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, and see how many of them I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.
Chief Joseph of the Nez-Percé surrendering to Gen. Nelson Miles on this date in 1877.