We do not know his name: Klatsassin and the Chilcotin War


Chessus was one of Klatsassin’s followers who participated in the murder of Waddington’s road crew and Brewster’s advance party. George, an Indian working as a cook for Brewster, and Squinteye, another Indian, both testified that Chessus carried a gun, had painted his face black, and actively took part in the attack.

At the Trial of Six Indians, presided over by Matthew Begbie, Chessus was charged with the murder of James Clarke. Although it could not be determined whether he fired the fatal bullet, he, along with Telloot, Klatsassin, Piell and Tahpit, was sentenced to death.

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