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Martin Brothers Historic Memorial.

Monument: Where Brothers Were Pinned Together By An Arrow

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Alda, Nebraska

The Martin brothers, Nat age 15 and Bob age 12, were returning home with a load of hay when they were attacked by a party of Sioux and Cheyenne in August 1864. The boys jumped onto a horse and fled, with Nat holding onto Bob. The Indians followed and shot Nat twice with arrows, once in his elbow and once in his side. The second arrow had enough velocity to continue through Nat and lodge in Bob's back. The boys, pinned together, tumbled off of the horse and were left for dead.

They did not die. Nat and Bob eventually, and no doubt awkwardly, made their way to a doctor and were unpinned. Bob survived into middle age -- although he always had a bad back -- and Nat died as an old man.

Close up view of the drawing on the memorial.

Monument: Where Brothers Were Pinned Together By An Arrow

Martin Brothers Historic Memorial

Alda Rd, Alda, NE
Martin Brothers Historic Memorial. I-80 exit 305, then south three miles on Hwy 26/Alda Rd. On the west side, at the intersection of Platte River Rd.
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