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When the disorganized and unprepared settlers marched toward native settlements, the Indians attacked. 76 men were killed and 29 were wounded. Among the dead was Major William Ormsby, the group's leader.
Frightened settlers raised another army, bringing in troops from California. In May, 700 soldiers and volunteers set off again for Pyramid Lake and this time the natives were the losers. There are differing accounts of the numbers of Indians who were killed, but recent studies estimate that about 160 Native Americans died.
It was a tragic event in
Nevada history. The Paiutes had lived peacefully with the settlers.
Fort Churchill was constructed as a result of the panic and violence associated
with the Pyramid Lake Indian War, and troops were stationed there for several
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