Whitman Massacre


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Whitman Massacre

murder of missionary Marcus Whitman and family by Cayuse Indians (1847). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2972]
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These forty-five letters, originally written in French, go out to the Pope, humble missionaries, commanding officers and army sergeants, and prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith detailing the growth of the Church and his firsthand experience of the Whitman massacre, the California gold rush, Indian wars and land displacement, transportation changes, and the domestic material culture of the frontier.
Fourteen died on November 29, 1847, in what would henceforth be known as The Whitman Massacre.
When the Whitman Massacre occurred, settlers were more unnerved than even before.
He was a direct descendant on his mother's side of Tabitha Brown, "Pioneer Mother of Oregon," and Catherine Sager Pringle, a survivor of the 1847 Whitman Massacre.
He draws on primary and secondary documents, and fills in the gaps with his insights from having written of the Whitman massacre trial of 1850.