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

Jacob Nix Platz

To a Patriot, Solider, Public Servant

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
1. Jacob Nix Platz Marker
Inscription. Jacob Nix from Bingen Am Rhein in Germany was a key figure in the defense of New Ulm in 1862. Born in 1822, Nix early joined the push for a united Germany under a republican form of government. During the ill-fated 1848 Revolution, Nix served as Captain in the revolutionary "Free Corps." Captured, charged with high treason, and sentenced to be shot as a revolutionary, Nix escaped. Like many German "48ers", he emigrated to America.

In 1855, at a national convention of German-American Turners, Nix enthusiastically supported William Pfaender's proposal to establish a German Turner colony on the Minnesota frontier. Three years later, the Nix family joined Pfaender and friends in the settlement of New Ulm.

When the Dakota Conflict flared up in 1862, the sheriff appointed Nix as Commandant of New Ulm to protect the frontier city. His military know-how helped Nix hastily organize the battle by barricading three downtown blocks. In the heat of the 1st Battle of New Ulm (Aug 19), Captain Nix had a finger shot off but continued to lead the barricaded settlers in repulsing a fierce Dakota attack.

His public service continued in the U.S. Army (1862-1864), as city Assessor (1875-76), and for five terms as Town Clerk. Patriot, soldier, and public servant, Jacob Nix personified the spirit of the German Forty-Eighters:
Jacob Nix Platz Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
2. Jacob Nix Platz Marker
south side of marker with duplicate text
"For liberty by word and deed in the Old Country and in the New!" (from the Hecker Monument in Cincinnati, Ohio: Mit Wort und Tat fuer Volksfreiheit im Alten und neuen Vaterland!)

Sponsored by
City of New Ulm and
New Ulm Area Foundation

 
Erected by the City of New Ulm and New Ulm Area Foundation.
 
Location. 44° 18.877′ N, 94° 27.716′ W. Marker is in New Ulm, Minnesota, in Brown County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd North Street and North Broadway on 2nd North Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 118 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. Forster Building (within shouting distance of this marker); New Ulm (within shouting distance of this marker); Dacotah House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Arbeiter Hall (about 400 feet away); Crone Store (about 400 feet away); Grand Hotel (about 500 feet away); Erd Building (about 500 feet away); Two Battles of New Ulm (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New Ulm.
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
Jacob Nix Platz Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
3. Jacob Nix Platz Marker
Jacob Nix Platz Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
4. Jacob Nix Platz Marker
 
 
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