Battle of Union Gap

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Battle of Union Gap
Part of the Yakima War, American Indian Wars
A drawing of Chief Kamiakin by Gustav Sohon in 1855. Credit: Washington State Historical Society
Date November 9–10, 1855
Location Union Gap, Yakima River, Washington
Result United States victory
 United States Yakama
Commanders and leaders
United States Gabriel J. Rains Kamiakin
~700 infantry ~300 warriors

The Battle of Union Gap,[1] or the Battle at Union Gap,[2] was the second engagement of the Yakama War, fought on November 9 and 10, 1855. It began when a large force of about 700 American soldiers, under Major Gabriel J. Rains, discovered Chief Kamiakin's village of around 300 braves and several women and children, along the Yakima River. In the following two-day battle only one "non-combatant" was killed by accident and the Yakama men were forced to retreat with their women and children.[3]

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  • Ruby, Robert H. (1988). Indians of the Pacific Northwest: A History. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0-8061-2113-0.