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Title History of the Modoc War [manuscript]: [ca. 1914]
Author Riddle, Jeff C. (1863-1941)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Manuscript, ca. 1914, concerning the history of the 1872-73 Modoc War, written from the Indian perspective. Also includes a history of Modoc-white contact beginning in 1848. Individuals prominently featured in the narrative include Captain Jack, John Schonchin, Alfred B. Meacham, Rev. Eleazer Thomas, Gen. E.R.S. Canby, Frank and Winema Riddle, Bogus Charley, Boston Charley, Black Jim, Hooker Jim, and Scarface Charley.
Names Captain Jack (Modoc Chief) (d.1873); Bogus Charley (d.1881); Boston Charley (d.1873); Black Jim (d.1873); Canby, Edward Richard Sprigg (1817-1873); Hooker Jim (d.1879); Meacham, Alfred Benjamin (1826-1882); Riddle, T. Frank (1832-1906); Scarface Charley (d.1896); Schonchin, John (fl.1873); Thomas, Eleazer; Winema (Modoc Chieftainess) (1842-1932)
Places California, Oregon, United States
Keywords history, personal account, war, council, chief, death, army, armed forces, government, trial
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area California, Plateau, Northwest Coast
Additional Information Jeff Riddle was half-Modoc Indian, son of T.F. (Frank) Riddle, originally of Kentucky, and Winema or Toby Riddle, his Modoc wife. A witness to the events of the Modoc War, Riddle learned to read and write when he toured the U.S. in 1876 with Col. Alfred B. Meacham. Riddle later married the daughter of Chief Schonchin and settled on the Klamath Indian Reservation in Oregon.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 760
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue