25. The Nez Perce at Leavenworth

Sketches of Nez Perce by Lt. Manning
Sketch of Nez Perce, Frontier Army Museum collection.

After the Nez Perce War, the captured tribes were sent to Fort Leavenworth. Army records indicate that the number of Nez Perce arriving at Fort Leavenworth consisted of 87 men, 184 women, and 147 children—a total of 418 people. They stayed in 108 army tents arranged in the Missouri River bottom about two miles above the garrison. The Nez Perce stayed at the post from 26 November 1877 until July 1878. In late July the Nez Perce journeyed to a new home on the Quawpaw reservation in extreme northeastern Indian Territory.