I have not been to Cow Creek. It is very remote. There is a long gravel road. It is in poor condition. You used to be able to drive to cow creek. But it is washed out 1.5 to 2 miles before cow creek.
So you park your car. Walk down hill to Bull creek. Following the former road. Right before the Missouri River the road turns West I guess, And goes to the ghost town of Cow Creek. Which basically was one ranch house.
Riverboats used to unload at Cow Creek.
There was a army tent surrounded by 4 trenches. The trenches are still there. The battle site is very well preserved.
There was a army road going up Cow Creek.
Chief Joseph crossed below Cow Creek. They openly pass in front of the US army force. Set up camp.
Chief Joseph himself returns to the US Army and begs for food.
The Army guards give him their personal food. It is far short of what they need.
So they come back and attack. and steal what they need. Then burn the rest.
They head up Cow Creek or north.
A riverboat arrives at Cow Creek and unloads.
A small army patrol gets off the riverboat. A report is sent back.
The small army patrol follows the indian trail.
Chief Joseph has overtaken a wagon train and they attack it.
2(?) people are killed in the wagon train attack. Supplies are taken the wagons are burned.
The small army patrol comes upon the Indians rear guard and are attacked. One soldier is killed.
The small army patrol is allowed to retreat and escape.
The Indians hold a council and decide to slow down. Chief Joseph is out voted.
They arrive at the bottom of The Bear Paw Mountains.
Leave the Cow Creek road.
They go around the mountains to the east.
They arrive at Bear Paw battlefield.
After the battle a US army patrol finds a body several miles from Cow Creek.