Morton in Renville County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Birch Coulee State Monument
Sept. 2d. & 3d., 1862.
north side Erected by the State of Minnesota in grateful remembrance of the Heroism of those gallant soldiers and citizens who fought the Battle of Birch Coulee and to perpetuate their names.
Capt. Hiram P. Grant. Co. A. 6th Minnesota Vol. Inf. Commanding. · J.W. Daniels Surgeon.
Co. A Killed.
Sergt. W. Irvine, J. Cooledge, Corp. W. Cobb, G. Colter, C.F. Coyle, C.L. King, H. Rolleau, W. Russell, H. Whetsler.
T.C.W. Beneken, B.S. Terry.
Co. A. Wounded.
Corp. S. Carbuckle, G.W. Eagles, E. Brown, E.S. Blase, S. Fielding, S. Hapt, A. Hayford, D.G. House, C. Mayall, D.H. McCauley, W.A. Newcomb, F.C. Shanley, C.W. Smith, W. Vayhinger, S.J. Weiting.
S. Clark, T. Barnes, B. Viles.
east side 2nd Lt. G.W. Turnbull, Sergt. L.S. Elliot, Corp. J.C. Hooper, J.T. Farley, A.B. Dunn, Corp. J. Caursole, F.C. Griswold, T. Connelly, C.A. Earle, G. Weaver, T.E. Byrne, J. Galbraith, W. Hart, M. Nelson, J. Osia.
W. Caplowe, D. Caruthers, A. Faribault, C.H. Faribault, W.H. Grant, H. Krueger, J.J. Frazer, F. Patch.
J.W. De Camp, D. Holbrook, H. Smith.
Wounded. J.R. Brown, D. Blair, J.J. Galbraith, C.D. Redfield, F. Rose, J.E. Sherwin, J. Shaska, W. Forman.
C. D. Gilfilan, A. G. Stoddard, R. B. Henton, J. W. Daniels, S. G. Arbuckle, W. H. Grant, Comm.
west side Co. D. & E.
C. Swargert, L. Klinkhammer, R. Miller.
R. K. Boyd, E. Braman.
J. S. J. Bean, H.M.L.T. Brown.
M. McDonald, John Gunn.
Capt. H.P. Grant, 1st Lt. H.J. Gillham, 2d. Lt. J.E. Baldwin, Sergt. W. Pratt, G. Brennan, A.P. Connelly, Corp. S. Walters, W.F. Barnes, J. Staples, M.B. Field, R. Olson, B.F. Arbuckle, J. Auge, W.W. Bolton, C. Bryant, W.H. Bowers, P.H. Burnes, L. Brunelle, P. Brunelle, W.H. Gaine, B. Derosie, E.A. Erickson, P. Felix, D. Felix, P.H. Freaney, C.B. Gardner, H. Greenlee, G.W. Hard, W. Havens, J.H. Havens, A.G. Hillberge, J. Howard, F. Jarvis, M. Johnson, John R. King, A. Kilpatrick, J.S. Leyda, H.C. Marsden.
south side S. Linstrom, L. Malo, J. Madison, M. Meneken, T. Miller, D. Murphy, M. Nealey, G. Memo, H. Olson, J. Quinn, W.H. Rassman, W. Schurer, M.R. Seaman, D. Sweaney, D.F. Teswilleger, P.H. Thielan, F. Trepan, B. Webber, R. White, J. Right, T.S. Wirt, J. Young.
A. Thompson, J. Lafens.
Lt. J.H. Swan Co. I. 3d Regt. Minn. Vol.,
Capt. Anderson's Co. Killed.
R. Baxter, J. Freeman, R. Gibbens.
1st Lt. J. Brown, G.W. Brown, J.J. Egan.
Erected 1894 by the State of Minnesota. (Marker Number 7.)
Location. 44° 33.153′ N, 94° 58.36′ W. Marker is in Morton, Minnesota, in Renville County. Marker can be reached from East Monument Drive half a mile east of Walnut Drive. Click for map. East Monument Drive is a narrow unpaved road. Marker is in this post office area: Morton MN 56270, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Surrounded at the Coulee (a few steps from this marker); Solid Friendships (within shouting distance of this marker); The Faithful Indians' Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Caught Unaware! (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Battle of Birch Coulee (approx. 1.5 miles away); Minnesota's Civil War (approx. 1.5 miles away); The Story of the Land (approx. 1.5 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Birch Coulee (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Morton.
More about this marker. This monument was the seventh of 23
Regarding Birch Coulee State Monument. The defenses of New Ulm, Fort Ridgely and Birch Coulie were as gallant episodes as any that are recorded in the military annals of the Republic, and yet the American historian commonly gives them but the briefest mention, or omits them entirely from his pages... 868 men, women, and children perished by actual count. Those killed whose remains were never found and the soldiers and citizens killed or mortally wounded in the hostile engagements with the Indians made the total death list number at least 950.
excerpt from: Monuments and Tablets Erected by the Minnesota Valley Historical Society 1902
Also see . . .
1. Birch Coulee Battlefield. Minnesota Historical Society. History. "The battle of Birch Coulee was fought on Sept. 2 and 3, 1862. On Sept. 1, a burial detail of 160 to 170 soldiers and civilians was dispatched from Fort Ridgely to bury the remains of settlers who had been killed in the early weeks of the U.S.-Dakota War. At the end of their first day out, a flat, open piece of ground near Birch Coulee Creek was selected for the night’s camp. During the night, (Submitted on October 20, 2013.)
2. Birch Coulee Monuments. Photos, and a postcard of the monuments from around the turn of the century. (Submitted on October 20, 2013.)
Categories. • Wars, US Indian •
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