Gabriel Dumont

The fighting commander of the Metis during the 1885 Rebellion. He was wounded in the head in the fight at Duck Lake, an action that committed the Metis to armed rebellion. Dumont wisely urged Louis Riel to use guerrilla tactics against the Government troops but was overruled. He made elaborate plans for the defence of Batoche where a 4 day battle was fought between the Metis and the troops. He survived and escaped to the USA where he joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. He eventually returned to Canada and settled in his home town of Batoche. He could speak six languages but could not read or write. He dictated his memoirs before he died in 1906.

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