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New Ulm in Brown County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Two Battles of New Ulm

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
1. Two Battles of New Ulm Marker
Inscription. The first news of the Sioux Uprising was brought to New Ulm at noon on August 18, 1862, by survivors of a Civil War recruiting party that had been ambushed in Milford Township. Barricades were hastily erected in a three-block area on Minnesota Street under Captain Jacob Nix’s command, and Henry Behnke was sent to St. Peter to ask for help.

The first attack on Tuesday, August 19, by about one hundred Indians was repulsed. By the time of the major attack on August 23, some three hundred defenders had gathered, including volunteers from St. Peter, Mankato, and Le Sueur. Judge Charles E. Flandrau of Traverse des Sioux was elected to command the desperate defense of the beleaguered town. The battle raged all day and the outcome was often in doubt. On Sunday the 24th, as reinforcements under E. St. Julien Cox appeared, the Sioux withdrew up the Minnesota Valley.

Faced with a shortage of food and ammunition, and threatened with disease, two thousand refugees from New Ulm were evacuated to Mankato on the 25th, without mishap. Most of them returned shortly to rebuild the community.

Sponsored by the Brown County Historical Society
June 20, 1962

 
Erected 1962 by the Brown County Historical Society.
 
Location.
Two Battles of New Ulm Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
2. Two Battles of New Ulm Marker
44° 18.8′ N, 94° 27.689′ W. Marker is in New Ulm, Minnesota, in Brown County. Marker is at the intersection of North Broadway (State Highway 15 / 68) and 1st North Street, on the right when traveling south on North Broadway. Click for map. Marker is at the entrance to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. Marker is at or near this postal address: 27 North Broadway, New Ulm MN 56073, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Somsen Hitching Post (a few steps from this marker); Arbeiter Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); New Ulm (within shouting distance of this marker); Guardians of the Past (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Forster Building (about 300 feet away); U.S. Post Office (about 400 feet away); John Lind Home (about 500 feet away); Jacob Nix Platz (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New Ulm.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battles of New Ulm. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on May 18, 2013.) 

2. Historic Downtown New Ulm. The Dakota Conflict. (Submitted on May 18, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
Two Battles of New Ulm Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
3. Two Battles of New Ulm Marker
Minnesota Music Hall of Fame
Close-up of Map image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
4. Close-up of Map
 
 
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