Elisha Steele was a lawyer in northern California during the Modoc War from 1872-1873. A loose treaty he made with the Modoc Indians when he was Superintendent of Indian Affairs from 1863-1864 supposedly laid the foundation for the Modoc War eight years later. This treaty allowed the Modocs to remain in their home in the Lost River country of northern California rather than going to the Klamath reservation in Oregon .
History as Literature
Sep 01 1989
Steele's Modoc Question
Dear Brother, at your request I subjoion a brief statement of my recollection, knowledge, and intercourse with the Indians since my leaving the east in the spring of 1850. Crossing the plains that summer, whilst suffering much with other immigrants by short feed for my stock and loss of supplies in our train, I had no trouble with the Indians. Others did, but I saw or thought a cause was with themselves or with some that had shortly preceded them…