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Battle of Hungry Hill Site Confirmed

NEAR SUNNY VALLEY, Ore. — The site of the largest battle in the Rogue Indian Wars has been confirmed, more than 150 years after it took place.

Archaeologists have found musket balls and other artifacts confirming the site of the 1855 Battle of Hungry Hill, is west of Interstate 5 in Southern Oregon between Glendale and Sunny Valley.

After an attack on their reservation by miners from Jacksonville, a band of about 200 Indians fought off about 300 soldiers and militia members over several days. A few months later, the Indians were forced to move to reservations near Salem.

Southern Oregon University Archaeologist Mark Tveskov says clues came from an old New York newspaper account found by a member of the confederated tribe of Siletz Indians and a battle map in the National Archives.