Page, Edward, SGT

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Last Rank
Sergeant (Cavalry)
Last Service Branch
Cavalry
Primary Unit
1877-1877, HHT, 2nd Cavalry Regiment
Service Years
1877 - 1877

Sergeant (Cavalry)


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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
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Last Address
Company L, 2nd Cavalry Regiment
Fort Ellis, Montana

Casualty Date
Aug 09, 1877
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Montana
Conflict
Indian Wars (US)
Location of Interment
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 Unit Assignments
  1877-1877, HHT, 2nd Cavalry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1877-1877 Nez Perce War
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Last Known Activity
Sgt Edward Page was posted at Fort Missoula, Montana.

In July 1877, he was part of a group of troopers sent to trail the Nez Perce.  He was leading an eight man scouting detachment of Company L, 2nd Cavalry Regiment against the Nez Perce, led by Chief Joseph, for four companies of the 7th Infantry Regiment and some civilians on 8 August 1877, not far from Fort Ellis, Montana. His group was part of a larger contingent of 180 cavalry troops led by Colonel John Gibbon. These troops were folloing the Nez Perce as they made their way into Montana, hoping to escape into British Columbia, Canada. In spite of the surprise attack on the Nez Perce, the troopers were repulsed.

He was killed during an engagement that began on the 9th and lasted well into the 10th. This became known as the battle of Big Hole. 29 soldeirs and civilians were killed and 40 wounded. An estimated 70-90 Nez Perce were killed, less than 33 were warriors.

The remains, though buried as could be initially, were disinterred over time.  Eventually, they were buried in a common grave is what is now the Big Hole Battlefield Cemetery, Wisdom, Beaverhead County, Montana.
 
   
Comments/Citation
Link:
https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/nepe/greene/appa.htm  (roster of the men and battles)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Big_Hole (Battle of Big Hole, Montana)
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=95736896&ref=acom  (grave site)
U.S. Returns from Military Posts (June-July 1877), Fort Missoula, Montana Territory (note of him and others sent to track the "hostile" Nez Perce).
Note: A listing of a marriage at Fort Ellis, Montana between Edward Page and Jane Thomas,( 9 April 1873)
   
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