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Mason Carter


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Medal Of Honor, Indian Campaigns

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During the summer and early fall of 1877 the U.S. Cavalry was in pursuit of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indian tribe as they attempted to cross through Montana and reach Canada. After numerous battles, including the battle of the Little Big Hole in early August, the Cavalry found it difficult to follow and locate Chief Joseph and his traveling tribe. After a forced march of several days, the Indian camp was located near Bear Paw Mountain, where the final battle that lead to the surrender of the Nez Perce nation occurred on September 30. First Lieutenant Mason Carter led a charge against the hostile emplacements, resulting in award of the Medal of Honor. He was one of nine cavalrymen to receive the award in the Bear Paw Mountain battle.

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