Pigott Appendix, Post 1885, Anecdotes of 1885 (02)

Title: Pigott Appendix, Post 1885, Anecdotes of 1885 (02)
Creator: Lieutenant Colonel A.C.D. Pigott
Subject: 1885, Resistance, Military, Battle, Batoche, Middleton, General, Riel, Louis, Big Bear, Poundmaker
Description: In this appendix to "Resumé of the Riel Rebellion” Lieutenant Colonel A.C.D. Pigott has written, possibly in the 1920s, about the aftermath of the 1885 Resistance. Piggott documents that a Canadian soldier stole a big black horse at Batoche for General Middleton, that the Assistant Indian Commissioner Hayter Reed gave General Middleton a cache of furs (which may have been taken from a Métis trapper), that Louis Riel was executed on November 16, 1885, followed by eight First Nations warriors at on November 27, 1885 and concludes by indicating that thirty-four First Nations were imprisoned, including Chiefs Big Bear, Poundmaker, White Cap and One Arrow. This is one of only a few first-hand accounts by any member of the Canadian army during the 1885 Resistance. Pigott chronicled the 1885 Resistance from the March 26, 1885 skirmish at Duck Lake to the campaign against First Nations warriors from Big Bear’s and Poundmaker’s camps. These pages focus largely on battling the First Nations and list troop movements and the advance of columns by Generals Otter and Strange. This document also contains a number of appendices, not numbered in sequential order, including a map of the Battle of Fish Creek and a second-hand transcription of a correspondence between Big Bear, General Middleton and Louis Riel. This document, part of A.C.D. Pigott’s post 1885 personal correspondence, is part of the A.C.D. Pigott Collection, which was acquired by the Gabriel Dumont Institute in October 1991 by the Ted Pappas family of Vancouver, British Columbia. The collection includes: Louis Riel’s English-French dictionary, Lieutenant Colonel Pigott’s 1885 Resistance battlefield manuscript, and a number of artifacts taken off the battlefield including: an inscribed watch, a pipe, a bullet maker and a buffalo powder horn (both from the Métis trenches), a carved wooden container taken from Big Bear’s camp, a First Nations decorative bracelet and horsehair braiding, which may have been traded for food by somebody captured by the Boulton’s Scouts.
Publisher: Gabriel Dumont Institute
Date: 1920s
Type: Image
Format: image/jpeg
Language: English
Date of Copyright: October 29, 2004
Coverage: Saskatchewan
GDI Media Location: DVD 2
GDI Media Filename: onloc_35.jpg

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Category Resistance
Category Pigott Document Collection