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There is substantial evidence to support the accounts of individual troopers cutting open 45-70 cartridges used in their trapdoor Springfield Rifles and pouring the black powder contents into the wounds of some of the wounded. Then in an effort to effect a cautery, the powder was lit.

As primitive and brutal as this appears, it was a device employed in lieu of no other medical attention.

This print is from a set of four that was commissioned by the National Park Service to portray some of the events that occurred during the "Battle of the Big Hole", August 9-10 , 1877. The site is now a National Monument and is located just eighteen miles inside Montana, and east of the Idaho-Montana border where the two states meet at a place called the "Lost Trail Pass."