Tour Locations | The Modoc War: A Homeland Lost
LOCATION 41 | The Modoc War: A Homeland Lost
Stone Bridge 2
Now facing the dam, look downstream to your left. Past the gray shed. If you continued a quarter-mile downriver in that direction, that was where Captain Jack's camp was when the soldiers attacked. Now, the bedlam only lasted a few minutes, but it was long enough to see eight soldiers killed, the village torched, one of Captain Jack's lieutenants shot, and reports of a sick Modoc woman burned to death. Captain Jack and most of his village retreated in dugout canoes. They paddled furiously farther down river to Tule Lake, which you'll see in a bit, while Modocs took off on horses and rode south along the western edge of Lake. But the soldiers were too busy catching their own stampeding horses to care or notice. After all of this, they hadn't come close to capturing Captain Jack. They'd simply provoked him.
Even at this stage, I would argue that the Modoc War was still avoidable, though, I admit, options were dwindling. And, unbeknownst to the military, a few settlers had taken matters into their hands...and were about to make things a whole lot worse.