Digging Treasure at the East Linn Museum: Anatomy of a massacre (part 2)


April 26, 2023

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The assassination of Marcus Whitman is depicted in this illustration, which originally appeared in Frances Fuller Victor's "The River of the West," published in 1870, and reprinted in Clifford Drury's "Marcus Whitman, M.D.: Pioneer and Martyr" (1937).

EDITOR'S NOTE: The first installment of this two-part series ran in the March 29, 2023, edition of the New Era. Read it online at https://bit.ly/40wpozR.

Last month's article left us at the beginning of author Clifford Drury's description of the 1847 Whitman massacre, as outlined in his 1937 book, "Marcus Whitman M.D.: Pioneer and Martyr." What he reconstructed from various narratives illustrates what happened at the Whitman mission, but we won't repeat it all.

In part of the mission yard on Nov. 19, 1847, a steer was shot and butchered. Meanwhile, an Native American asked Dr. Whitman, w...

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