Yellowstone Kelly

This photo of Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly was published in Jerry Keenan’s book “The Life of Yellowstone Kelly.” That year, Kelly served as chief of scouts for Col. Nelson A. Miles, who was building a fort near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Tongue rivers. Kelly demonstrated his bravery at the Battle of Wolf Mountain on the Tongue River near Birney. Miles’ troops battled warriors led by Sioux war leader Crazy Horse and Cheyenne Chief Two Moons in a January blizzard in 1877. Later that year, when Miles marched north and west to capture the Nez Perce under Chief Joseph, Kelly acted as scout and was at Chief Joseph’s surrender north of the Bear Paw Mountains near present-day Chinook.

July 07, 2013 12:00 am

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