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Otter’s Column

Type: Document

Colonel William Otter led a column of militia from Swift Current to Battleford, seeking to punish local Cree Indians under Poundmaker. Otter was ambushed at Cut Knife Hill and retreated to Battleford. The defeat of the Metis resulted in the Cree scattering in the face of Otter’s pursuit and Poundmaker later surrendered.

Site: National Defence

Battle of Cut Knife Hill, 2 May 1885

Type: Image

Three hundred and fifty Canadian militia led by Lieutenant-Colonel Otter attacked a Plains Cree war camp at dawn on 2 May 1885. The Cree, although surprised, put up a stiff fight under war chief Fine Day. When the Canadians retreated late in the day, it was the persuasive influence of chief Poundmaker that stopped the Cree warriors from pursuing their foes. Some historians believe that this saved Otter's inexperienced men from being massacred. This rather idealized view of the battle is one of a series from the 'The Canadian Pictorial and Illustrated War News.'

Site: National Defence

Batoche National Historic Site of Canada - North West Rebellion/Métis Resistance

Type: Document

There were five significant engagements during the North West Rebellion. Here is a brief description of the parties involved and the eventual outcome of these battles.

Site: Parks Canada