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From "The Deadliest Indian War in the West: The Snake Conflict, 1864-1868" by Gregory Michno
..."October 21, 1867, Sergeant Nichols and Sergeant Arnold Denoille, 23rd infantry, left Camp Lyon driving a four-horse ambulance to Fort Boise. They headed northeast out of the Cow Creek bottoms and climbed the divide to Succor Creek. Mrs. Denoille, the sergeant's wife, had been with him at Lyon, but with her pregnancy and delicate health, she was not equal to the rigors of life at a frontier outpost, and she was leaving the camp. Unfortunately for the travelers, six warrior watched their progress."
"About 10am in a canyon 9 miles up the road, midway between Camp Lyon and Reynolds Creek, they sprung their ambush. Bullets from the first volley hit driver Sergeant Denoille and he slumped in the seat. Nichols heard the shots and saw puffs of smoke from some nearby rocks, but was not aware anyone was hit until Denoille threw his hand up and cried, "My God, I am shot!"
For the rest of the story, please find this book online.
Oregon, Biographical & Other Index Card File, 1700s-1900s for Denoille, Sergt; killed by Indians, near Silver Cy; wife taken prisoner.
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Dear Ms. Budden,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Enlistment Papers, 1798-1912 in the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office (Record Group 94) may include information about Sergeant Arnold Denoille. We also located two series titled Letters Sent, 6/1865 - 6/1868 and General Orders, Orders, and Special Orders, 1/1867 - 2/1869 of Camp Lyon in the Records of U.S. Army Continental Commands (Record Group 393) that may include information about the attack and search for Mrs. Denoille. Plus, there may be more about the search in the unit records that are part of the Records of U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units (Record Group 391). For access to and/or copies, please contact the National Archives - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also searched Ancestry and located a possible Montana Marriage Record for Arnold Denoille and his wife Mary and daughter Sarah (no image); and the shared Grave Site of Arnold, his wife (unnamed) and his fellow Army soldiers. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, you may view these records online at one NARA's facilities for free via a NARA PC. For the nearest NARA location, please consult our web page at https://www.archives.gov/locations/. Also, some of the images from Ancestry are available for free on Family Search at https://www.familysearch.org/en/.
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