In September 2005 Granada Factual Film Company from Manchester England reviewed the latest archeological evidence of a battle between the Non-treaty Nez Perce and the US military as part of the television series Battlefield Detectives. The program featuring the Battle of the Big Hole will premier on Friday, February 3 at 11:00 PM Eastern Time on the History Channel.
The program listing remarks: In August 1877, a detachment of the US 7th Infantry attacked a sleeping camp of Nez Perce Indians in the remote mountains of southwest Montana. The army was following orders to make it absolutely clear to the Indians that they had to return to their reservation, or face the consequences. The attack was well planned, brutal in its sudden intensity, and at first appeared to go well for the infantry. But by day's end, the 196-strong force was under siege, pinned down by a small group of warriors in a clump of trees. Desperate for rescue, they were terrified that they would share the fate of their comrades, who, one year earlier, had perished with General Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Now, the latest detailed forensic research is revealing why things so nearly ended in disaster for the Army at the Battle of Big Hole. TVPG