The Two Battles of Pyramid Lake
"... Upon stepping out of my truck, the energy of this 19th-century squabble resides in the desert air. Silent and somber; resentment might still reside in the area. If this one should ever go missing, this landmark would be a great loss to Nevada indeed." -- Journal Entry, May 2008
Original Date Visited: 5/19/08
Signed: Both lanes of SR 447
Notes: This marker was one of thirty markers that was re-vamped in 2015 in celebration of "Battle Born, 150th: A State Sesquicentennial" (as evident by the campaign's logo on the plaque).
On May 12, 1860, Northern Paiute warriors, fighting to retain their way of life, decisively defeated a volunteer army from Virginia City and nearby settlements. The battle began with a skillful Numu (Paiute) Native American ambush north of Nixon and with the engagement continuing along the plateau on the opposite side of the Truckee River almost to the present site of Wadsworth.
On June 2, 1860, a larger force of volunteers and regular U.S. Army troops engaged Numu warriors in battle along the tableland and mountainside. Several hundred warriors, attempting a delaying action to allow their women, children, and elders to escape, fought with such courage and strategy that the attacking forces were held back during the day until the Numu could withdraw.
Numu war leader, Numaga (young Winnemucca) desired only peace, but he fought back to defend his people.
Related Links & Markers
 -- Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins  -- Buckland's Station Pyramid Lake War (Online Nevada Encyclopedia) Pyramid Lake (Official Website)
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