• LOCATION 90 | The Modoc War: A Homeland Lost

    Back On 126

    You should be back on 126, with the Petroglyphs behind you. If it's a clear day, look straight ahead and you can probably also see Mount Shasta in front of you, in the distance.

    It's important to note that this war affected the entire Modoc people, not just warriors. As I mentioned, women and children lived in the stronghold with the warriors. In fact, many women took fighting roles, shooting from the walls of the Stronghold, while the teenage girls were assigned to go on the battlefield after a battle and pick over the soldiers' bodies for ammunition and clothing. As a child, my family spent time with Jenny Clinton, the last survivor of the Modoc War who died in 1950 on the Klamath Reservation. I remember her speaking once about how much she hated taking things from dead soldiers, but that everyone had to do their share. And the teenage boys? They were the fighting warriors.

The Modoc War: A Homeland Lost