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

Flandrau's Charge

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
1. Flandrau's Charge Marker
Inscription. The second battle of New Ulm took place on August 23, 1862. About 650 Dakota Indians surrounded the town, while over 2,000 people were crowded behind a barricade. The attack began around nine in the morning and the Dakota Indians quickly encircled the town.

The Dakota began moving up Third South Street from the river. A terrace hid their approach along this "sunken road" and the Dakota worked their way from German Street to Minnesota Street. As they began to attack the barricade, it looked like they would overcome it and destroy New Ulm. Colonel Charles Flandrau, commander of the defense, decided to attack the Indians.

Flandrau took some 40 yelling and cheering men, jumped over the barricade, and charged down Minnesota Street. They forced the Dakota out of the Kiesling Blacksmith Shop and burned it. The men continued their charge and near Minnesota Street and First South they engaged the Dakota in battle. The Indians retreated and the tide of the battle turned. By evening the battle was over. However, most of the buildings in New Ulm had been destroyed and food and supplies were low. On Monday, August 25, New Ulm was evacuated and more than 2000 people left New Ulm for Mankato and St. Peter.

Erected in August 2012 by the Brown County Historical Society,
the German-Bohemian Heritage
Flandrau's Charge Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
2. Flandrau's Charge Marker
Society and
the Junior Pioneers of New Ulm & Vicinity.

 
Erected 2012 by the Brown County Historical Society, the German-Bohemian Heritage Society, and the Junior Pioneers of New Ulm & Vicinity.
 
Location. 44° 18.71′ N, 94° 27.443′ W. Marker is in New Ulm, Minnesota, in Brown County. Marker is on South Minnesota Street south of 1st South Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Ulm MN 56073, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City Meat Market (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brown County Bank (about 700 feet away); U.S. Post Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); Boesch, Hummel, and Maltzahn Block (approx. 0.2 miles away); Guardians of the Past (approx. 0.2 miles away); Turner Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Roebbecke Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brown County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Ulm.
 
Also see . . .
1. Charles Eugene Flandrau and Family. Minnesota Historical Society. (Submitted on June 30, 2013.) 

2. The Charge that Saved New Ulm—Maybe. (Submitted on June 30, 2013.)
3. Charles Eugene Flandrau. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 30, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
Flandrau's Charge Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
3. Flandrau's Charge Marker
Flandrau's Charge Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
4. Flandrau's Charge Marker
Close-up of Flandrau's Charge August 23, 1862 image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
5. Close-up of Flandrau's Charge August 23, 1862
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 363 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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