Near Morton in Renville County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Battle of Birch Coulee
During the battle, the force was surrounded for thirty hours, losing over a third of its number in killed and wounded.
seal of The Minnesota Historical Society, Instituted 1849
Erected 1950 by the State of Minnesota Department of Highways and Minnesota Historical Society. (Marker Number RN-BCO-004.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 34.631′ N, 94° 59.658′ W. Marker is near Morton, Minnesota, in Renville County. Marker is on 340th Street (U.S. 71) south of 690th Avenue (County Road 2), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: Morton MN 56270, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Battle of Birch Coulee (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Prairie Factor (approx. ¾ mile away); “The Fight Was On” Dakota Positions (approx. ¾ mile away); Battle Tactics (approx. 0.8 miles away); Battle Scars (approx. 0.8 miles away); Wrong Place, Wrong Time (approx. 0.9 miles away); "A Beautiful Place to Encamp" (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Morton.
Also see . . .
1. Minnesota Department of Transportation. Minnesota Department of Transportation Historic Roadside Development Structures Inventory. "The principal feature on the site is a stone marker that is built of pink, gray, and black, rockfaced Morton granite, most of which is coursed... The so-called Battle of Birch Coulee occurred on September 2, 1862, two days after a burial detail of 160 men under the command of Major Joseph R. Brown left Fort Ridgely (near New Ulm) on August 31. The detail buried 16 settlers who had been found dead along the Agency road, and then camped the first evening at the mouth of Birch Coulee. The next day they traveled up the northern side of the river and eastward to the Birch Coulee woods. The detail made camp approximately 200 yards west of the timbered coulee. At dawn on September 2nd, a group of Dakota attacked. The troops were surrounded for over thirty (Submitted on August 9, 2013.)
2. Birch Coulee Battlefield. Minnesota Historical Society. (Submitted on August 9, 2013.)
3. Birch Coulee Battlefield. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 9, 2013.)
Categories. • Wars, US Indian •
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