Sagas’ History Book
This list is intended to be a quick reference and does not take the place of reading the episodes (or episode summaries) and character bios. These are major area RPG-related events, not a comprehensive list of historical territory, country, world events. Each player needs to do their own research on actual historical events. For character specific information, read the bios and talk to other players. Fictionalized events or ones that occurred in an episode are marked with an (f).
For a quick look at Montana history that includes some of our *fictionalized events, please see the Montana Territory Timeline.
*(f) indicates a fictionalized event.
President Ulysses S. Grant signs the bill establishing Yellowstone National Park, portions of which are in Gallatin and Park counties, Montana.
The U.S. Congress establishes the Flathead Indian Reservation for Salish, Pend d’Oreille, and Kootenai tribes and opens the Bitterroot Valley to homesteading.
June – September 1872 (f)
As a direct result of Congress’ decision, it was determined that a military presence was needed in western Montana. Fort Kalispell converted to a military fort. Before that, it was a stockaded trading fort.
July 4 (f)
California-Northern Railroad Company, a small privately held railroad, makes its first trip from Sacramento to the new depot in Missoula Mills.
Col. John A Haydon leads a Northern Pacific Railway survey party from Fort Ellis, east of present-day Bozeman, Montana. Haydon’s supply train consisted of almost seventy wagons with rations for 105 days and a small herd of beef cattle. Haydon’s military escort, commanded by Major Eugene Baker, Second Cavalry, consisting of four companies, 187 men, of the Second Cavalry, and four companies, 189 men, of the Seventh Infantry.
August 1, 1872 (f)
Kalispell Founder’s Day. This is the day that officially commemorates the incorporation of the town. A 4th of July type celebration is held each year on the weekend before August 1 (unless the first falls on a weekend). Prominent local families take turns hosting and helping finance it.
The Battle of Pryor’s Creek takes place with a war party formed with as many as a thousand warriors of Lakotas, Cheyennes, Arapahos, and Kiowas to go upstream on the Powder River. This war party led by Sitting Bull, Red Cloud and Crazy Horse attacks Haydon’s railroad survey party and its military escort. By mid-morning, the attack was over. No one in the railroad party was injured.
June 2 (f)
Chance Thornton, Regina Thornton (his wife), Grant and Beth Thornton (two oldest children) are killed in what appears to be an Indian attack. Their burned-out wagon and youngest son, Cody (the only survivor), was found south of Flathead Lake. Season 1, Episode 1 & 2: The Long Road Home, The Legacy.
Since there are numerous events in 1876 that will, directly and indirectly, affect the residents, they are being listed here. RPG events will be added and blended in as they occur.
The Battle of Powder River takes place between forces of the U.S. Army and Northern Cheyenne near present-day Broadus, Montana.
Lakota and Northern Cheyenne tribes under the leadership of Crazy Horse engage U.S. Army forces under the command of Brigadier General George Crook at the Battle of the Rosebud.
Forces under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer, 7th Cavalry Regiment defeated at the Battle of the Little Bighorn by a large force of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes during the Great Sioux War of 1876.
General William Tecumseh Sherman ordered Colonel Nelson A. Miles to establish a U.S. Army cantonment at the mouth of the Tongue River, a strategic point along the Yellowstone River, near present-day Miles City, Montana. Work soon began on the Army post, which would officially be named Fort Keogh on November 8, 1878. From headquarters here, General Miles effectively operated against the Sioux forces led by Sitting Bull and others.
Colonel Nelson Miles and the 5th Infantry Regiment encounter Sioux Chief Sitting Bull at the Battle of Cedar Creek.