From the Owensville landmark we head 16 miles to the west on lonely highway 168 to the Bishop Creek Battleground. From here this fairly straight road starts gaining serious altitude as it dead ends near
There is a website called The California Military Museum that is a great place to fact check these military related landmarks for accuracy, and this particular one seems to have more holes in it than a loaf of sheepherder’s bread from Schott’s Bakery in Bishop. In reading their article, ‘The Owens Valley Indian War 1861-1865’ the well sourced account of events shows this landmark to be off on a few points; like location, dates, and the rest of the text. In the canyons up the road a skirmish took place a few days later and that could possibly be what they’re talking about, or it could be a skirmish to the south at Big Pine Creek a few days earlier. As to ‘Paiute and Shoshone’ Indians, the military museum offer this:
With this in mind, you can imagine how Paiutes felt when an initial 650 head of cattle are brought on your land and subsistence and allowed to roam free and stomp on and/or eat your food. Combining this with the winter of 1861-2 being one of the worst in history, conflict was inevitable.
Meanwhile, with the Civil War taking most regular troops, the Army was composed chiefly by unpaid
Early Owens Valley - OAC photo
Plaque inscription: NO. 811 BISHOP CREEK BATTLEGROUND - On April 6, 1862, a battle took place around this site between newly arrived citizens of the
Location: SE corner of the intersection of State Hwy 168 (P.M. 13.0) and