Civil Rights and Conflict in the United States: Selected Speeches


The Surrender of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, Montana Territory, October 5, 1877 Chief Joseph's Own Story

by Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce
Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1877
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Chief Joseph, Chief Joseph's Own Story (: North American Review, 1877)
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 1.2
  • Word Count: 154
  • Genre: Speech
  • Keywords: peace, war
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Tell General Howard I know his heart. What he told me before, I have it in my heart. I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed; Looking Glass is dead, Too-hul-hul-sote is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say yes or no. He who led on the young men is dead. It is cold, and we have no blankets; the little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are—perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, and see how many of them I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.