Tour Locations | The Modoc War: A Homeland Lost
LOCATION 81 | The Modoc War: A Homeland Lost
You should now be on CR176, with several giant metal silos on your right. Hopefully it's a beautiful day and you can see for miles! But for the attack on January 17th, 1873, all there was...was fog.
From the moment Bernard yelled "Charge!" he was under fire. A Lieutenant was killed instantly. Five were wounded, leaving Bernard with more wounded to contend with. A couple of times, Bogus Charley, the Modoc with excellent English, even ordered Bernard's soldiers to hold their fire. Which they did, not realizing in the fog that it was a hoax.
One soldier, Captain David Perry, fighting from the west, wrote about his experience:
[DAVID PERRY]: "A mist of fog hung over the lava beds, so dense that nothing transpiring there was visible. To see the column go halfway down and then disappear from the view entirely was to say the least, uncanny - suggesting the words of Dante's 'Inferno' - all hope abandon, ye who enter here."