Map 8. Battle of Sorass Lake, May 10, 1873.
1. May 9, Captain Hasbrouck with Battery B, 4th
Artillery, Troops B and G, 1st Cavalry, and Warm Springs marched from
Peninsula Camp to Sorass (Dry) Lake. All units were mounted.
2. Battery B camped in timber one mile south of
3. Hasbrouck and main command camped at the lake,
which was dry. May 10, before dawn, Modocs attacked Hasbrouck from high
ridge 400 yards north and lower ridge 200 yards north. Hasbrouck counterattacked, Troop B
on right, one-half of Troop G on left, one-half of Warm Springs to left
flank, other half of Warm Springs to right flank. Other half of Troop G
assigned to collecting stampeding horses. Warm Springs' flanking
movements failed to surround Modocs due to rapid retreat of latter.
Troops drove Modocs to lava flows north of Big Sand Butte. Battery B
arrived at lake from its camp too late to participate in chase. Only
Warm Springs succeeded in getting mounted during fight.
4. Hasbrouck pursued Modocs 3-4 miles. Returned all
the way north to Peninsula Camp because of lack of water.
Enlargement of Dry Lake
A. Higher ridge. Has natural cracks in lava, parts of
which are suited for trench fighting; today there is one rock
B. Lower ridge. Today there is one rock fortification
and two rock piles.
C. Two boundary markers.
D. Juniper tree and rock piletraditional site
of Hasbrouck's camp.