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.