"Martial Law" at Wardner, Idaho
Mar, 1900
Caption reads: "Martial Law" at Wardner, Idaho
General Merriam's Negro Soldiers Refused to Allow Priests to Administer to Dying 'Bull Pen' Victims. Where Innocent Men were Tortured to Death. From the 'Atlanta Journal.' March 17, 1900."

During the 1899 Coeur d'Alene labor troubles, one of the main reasons the miners and their sympathizers deeply resented the imposition of military rule was the participation of the Twenty-fourth Infantry Regiment, a highly regarded unit with black troops under the command of white officers. During his testimony on the stand in his murder trial, William Haywood said "I was opposed to outrages that were perpetrated against the women there by the negro soldiers."