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Luther "Yellowstone" Kelly

 

(July 27, 1849 - December 17, 1928)

 

Yellowstone Kelly was born in New York State and served in the Civil War. He served the rest of his enlistment in the west and soon began trapping and hunting along Yellowstone River. It was here he learned the Sioux language.

 

His scouting for the military covered many events:

 

  • Scouted for George Forsyth in 1873 on a fact-finding mission along the Yellowstone River.
  • Chief of Scouts for Nelson Miles from 1876 to 1878 serving at Wolf Mountain (Pyramid Butte) and Tongue River battles.
  • Was part of the military chase of the Nez Perce at Cow Island and Bear Paw Mountains.
  • Guided two expeditions in Alaska
  • A captain of volunteers in the Philippines
  • Yellowstone Kelly, later, was an agent of the San Carlos Indian Reservation and settle in California where he died.

 

Nelson Miles said the following about Luther "Yellowstone" Kelly:

 

Yellowstone Kelly was of a good family, well educated and fond of good books, as quite and gentle as he was brave, as kind and generous as he was forceful, a great hunter and an expert rifleman; he explored that extensive northwest country years before serious hostilities occurred and acquired a knowledge of its topography, climate and resources that was extremely valuable. Luther "Yellowstone" Kelly is buried on Kelly Mountain in Billings, Montana.

 

 

Information compiled by Steve Grimm

Books About Yellowstone Kelly

 

Yellowstone Kelly:: The Memoirs of Luther S. Kelly by Luther S. Kelly

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