Unlike other battles between whites and Indians in Oregon, the details of Battle Rock are quite well known. Two diaries kept by the defenders, and Centennial History of Oregon 1811-1881, speak of this event via first hand witnesses exist. The actual reasons the Indians provoked attack in this case are not really known at all though. All accounts simply state that the Indians wanted the White “off their beach,” and motioned for them to leave. Which those in the landing party all ignored.
With up to 300 Indians surrounding the rock, the men were able to escape at night. The next two weeks were spent traveling North to safety while hounded by Indians.
At low tide you can still walk up to the top of the rock and relive history yourself.