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Captain Charles Rawn wrote a letter to his military superiors saying the newspaper and locals had accused him of "drunkenness and cowardice" after retreating to Fort Missoula in the face of a group of Nez Perce moving through Lolo Pass into the Bitterroot Valley, which he had been assigned to stop. The entrenchment Rawn set up near Lolo came to be known as Fort Fizzle.

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According to Lenora Koelbel's "Missoula The Way It Was" Rawn denied the accusations, but he requested a court martial or inquiry be conducted by the commanding general at the time. Rawn was later cleared of any potential misconduct following reports of his bravery in the Battle of the Big Hole.

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