The Bear River Massacre, or the Battle of Bear River or Massacre at Boa Ogoi, took place in present-day Idaho on January 29, 1863. After years of skirmishes and food raids on farms and ranches, the United States Army attacked a Shoshone encampment, gathered at the confluence of the Bear River and Beaver Creek in what was then southeastern Washington Territory. The site is located near the present-day city of Preston in Franklin County, Idaho. Colonel Patrick Edward Connor led a detachment of California Volunteers as part of the Bear River Expedition against Shoshone Chief Bear Hunter. Hundreds of Shoshone men, women and children were killed near their lodges, while only two dozen soldiers died.[not in citation given] The number of Shoshone victims reported by local settlers was higher than that reported by soldiers.
Sally of the Shoshonis is born near the headwaters of the Green River (Wyoming) in the 1820s, and at a tender age is kidnapped and taken to St. Louis. At age fifteen, Sally escapes, fleeing 1,600 miles alone towards her Rocky Mountain home, a feat we believe unequaled in American history. She swims a Missouri River tributary, escaping pursuit by amorous rogues. On the trail, Sally falls in love with two famous mountain men, both friends. Later, hunted by a vengeful renegade, she struggles to raise her half-Indian daughters in an age of lethal prejudice as her world dies around her. Sallyâs story shows how one woman can change the course of history, while at the same time, having her story lost to historyâ¦until now. Elijah Ward, age 20, a Shakespeare-quoting Virginian, leaves his home for the Rocky Mountains. Mentored by Jim Bridger, Elijah escapes 100 Blackfoot raiders alone in an unbelievable race for his life. A knight errant, he marries the beautiful and intelligent Sally of the Shoshonis. Their tender courtship destroys the myth that unions between mountain men and Indian women were superficial liaisons. More so, they know that theirs is a union beyond themselves, a union of nationsâbut nations rushing to war. Sally is swept up in that war, as Elijah rides hard to head off the army and rescue Sally in timeâ¦.