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    Whitman Mission

    National Historic Site Washington

Attack on the Mission 1847

The Attack 1847 - Short Version

Attack on the Mission - More Detailed Version
Chapter 22 of Clifford Drury's book, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and the Opening of Old Oregon, provides a detailed description.

Catherine Sager's account of the attack
Catherine was 13 years old when the mission was attacked. Years later she wrote about her experience.

Accounts of the Attack and Period of Captivity
A list compiled by historian Clifford Drury.

Lists of those killed, escaped, and held captive.

Living Arrangements - Fall 1847
Over 70 people were staying with the Whitmans. Where were they all put?

Did You Know?

Oregon Trail Wagon

Wagons used on the Oregon Trail had to carry nearly 2000 pounds of supplies. They traveled 2000 miles or more to the Oregon Country. Most wagons were pulled by oxen as they could eat the prairie grass and survive without lots of food for lengthy periods.