Chief Joseph Cigar Label by Petre, Schmidt & Bergmann Lithographers of New York. A lithographed 10" x 5.75" inner label with gold-embossed highlights imploring us to "Smoke 'Chief Joseph.'", a trademark registered by Chas. Breneiser's Sons. Chief Joseph's dignified portrait appears in the center with two other scenes, one on either side. Chief Joseph was leader of the "non-treaty" Wallowa band of Nez Perce Indians during the period in which the U.S. Army, under General Oliver O. Howard was trying to forcibly remove Joseph's band to a reservation in Idaho. Joseph always sought a peaceful solution to the conflicts between his people and the government. His retreat of 1700 miles from the pursuing U.S. soldiers is legendary, but he finally was forced into surrender on October 5, 1877 to General Miles after a fierce five-day battle. His reported words of surrender are legendary: "Tell General Howard I know his heart...I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever." In later life, Joseph spoke eloquently for his people against the injustice of U.S. policies. He died in 1904 "of a broken heart" (according to his doctor). This impressive label is in excellent condition. This label is listed as one of the "InStone 100" blue chip cigar labels.

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