Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
This clemency resulted in protests from Minnesota, which persisted until the Secretary of the Interior offered white Minnesotans "reasonable compensation for the depredations committed." Republicans did not fare as well in Minnesota in the 1864 election as they had before. Ramsey (by then a senator) informed Lincoln that more hangings would have resulted in a larger electoral majority. The President reportedly replied, "I could not afford to hang men for votes."
One of the 39 condemned prisoners was granted a reprieve. The Army executed the 38 remaining prisoners by hanging on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota. It remains the largest mass execution in American history.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
In the summer of 1862, after year's of broken treaty promises and late payments that fueled growing tension and conflict some Dakota began an attempt to forcibly reclaim their homeland. After attacking the Lower Sioux Agency on August 18th at the beginning of the U.S. Dakota War the Indians moved toward New Ulm. In their path stood a small settlement known as Milford. There, unprepared for battle, 53 of Milford's residents were killed in a single day. As farms burned, the survivors of those families fled raising the alarm for the citizens of New Ulm about what lay ahead.
As a small group of soldiers and the many refugees who had fled to Fort Ridgely for protection fought off a determined attack twice, another group of warriors headed to the nearby town of New Ulm. Our tour took us to New Ulm where we visited the New Ulm Artillery Battery. This group participated in American Civil War battles except it wasn't
Members of our tour group including Mrs. T. on the right and John Grabko our leader stand behind a facsimile of the barricade ready to defend New Ulm. Unfortunately, I was injured in the defense, tripping over a curb and falling flat on my face on the concrete sidewalk! Many of the settlers were of German ancestry and later we met one of them. His name is Herman the German and he stands on a hill overlooking the town.
Monday, September 16, 2013
It was here at the Lower Sioux Agency that trader Andrew Myrick had been informed by the Indian Agent Thomas Galbreath that the "traders paper" that allowed the traders to be paid right from the annuity allotments for what they were owed on credit was not going to be allowed this time, so he responded that they would give no more credit at the post." So far as I am concerned, if they are hungry let them eat grass or their own dung."
His comment is considered an inciting factor in the war that began shortly thereafter. Although Myrick escaped from this building when the Dakota attacked he was killed shortly thereafter. When his body was found sometime later his mouth was stuffed with grass.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
In midsummer we went to visit the Apostles. Oops, not the twelve guys. The islands in Lake Superior off the coast of Bayfield Wisconsin. It was a three day two night bus trip vacation with our friends Dick and Sharon. All through the aegis of Historic Adventure & Travel and directed by John Grabko.
Vast Lake Superior the world's largest fresh water lake is vary familiar to most Minnesotans. It's our "inland sea" and actually has ocean traffic courtesy of the St. Lawrence River & Seaway and the Soo Locks. The "North Shore" ranging from Duluth to the Canadian border is our sea coast. The south shore of the lake bordering Wisconsin would be a new adventure for us. Take a look.