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


Tom was a Tsilhqot'in from the Alexis tribe. He was employed by McDonald to safeguard the pack train horses. On May 17, 1864, Tsilhqot'in warriors ambushed the pack train near Nancoontloon where Tom witnessed the death of MacDonald, McDougall, and Higgins. Klatsassin's party plundered the train's provisions and divided the spoils equally among themselves. Tom was taken as a slave by Klatsassin. At the Trial of Six Indians, presided over by Judge Matthew Begbie, Tom testified that Klatsassin and Piell were responsible for the murder of Macdonald.

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