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Near Fairfax in Nicollet County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Captain John S. Marsh State Monument

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, October 25, 2013
1. Captain John S. Marsh State Monument
west face
Inscription.
Erected by the State of
Minnesota
1873

Built by Sullivan & Terry, Mankato.

In memory of Capt. John S. Marsh • First Serg't Russell H. Findley • Serg't Solon A. Trescott • Corp'l Joseph S. Besse • Private Charles R. Bell • Edwin F. Cole • Charles E. French • John Gardner • Jacob A. Gehring • John Holmes • Christian Joerger • Durs Kanzig • James H. Kerr • Wenzel Kusda • Henry McAllister • Wenzel Norton • Moses P. Parks • John W. Parks • John Parsley • Harrison Phillips • Nathaniel Pitcher • Henry A. Shepherd • Nathan Steward • Charles W. Smith Company B, Died August 18, 1862.

Private Mark M. Greer Company C Died August 22, 1862 Fifth Regiment, Minnesota Volunteers Infantry
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Peter Quinn, U.S. Interpreter killed at Redwood Ferry, Aug. 18, 1862.
 
Erected 1873 by the State of Minnesota. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Location. 44° 27.144′ N, 94° 43.809′ W. Marker is near Fairfax, Minnesota, in Nicollet County. Marker can be reached from County Highway 30 0.7 miles west of State Highway 4, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Monument is at Fort Ridgely State Cemetery within Fort Ridgely
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By K. Linzmeier, October 25, 2013
2. Captain John S. Marsh State Monument
south side
State Park; fee area – a Minnesota state park vehicle permit is required. Marker is in this post office area: Fairfax MN 55332, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eliza Mόller State Monument (here, next to this marker); Chief Mou-Zoo-Mau-Nee State Monument (here, next to this marker); To the Memory of Hazen Mooers (a few steps from this marker); Joseph LaFramboise - (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Ridgely State Park's Buildings Today (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A New Deal for Fort Ridgely State Park (about 400 feet away); Working Year-Round to Develop the Park (about 400 feet away); CCC Camp Life is a Healthful One (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fairfax.
 
More about this marker. This monument was the first of 23 state monuments that were erected by the Minnesota legislature between 1873 and 1929; these monuments represent Minnesota's first public efforts to mark historic sites. The monument was built by Sullivan & Terry's Marble & Granite Works, Mankato, Minnesota.
 
Regarding Captain John S. Marsh State Monument. In 1862, the Minnesota Dakota, also known by the French term, “Sioux," waged war against
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By K. Linzmeier, October 25, 2013
3. Captain John S. Marsh State Monument
east side
the United States following two years of unfulfilled treaty obligations. Early in the morning of August 18, 1862, a large party of Dakota warriors attacked the Lower Sioux Agency; a few escapees managed to reach Fort Ridgely. Captain John S. Marsh, with interpreter Peter Quinn and 46 soldiers of the Fifth Minnesota Infantry, left Fort Ridgely en route towards the agency. The Dakota were waiting in ambush at the Redwood ferry – Quinn and twenty-three soldiers were killed and Marsh drowned. All of these men are buried at this monument in two trenches, except for the bodies of Wenzel Kusda, Henry McAllister and Henry A. Shepherd whose bodies were never found. Mark M. Greer of Company C was killed several days later at the battle of Fort Ridgely.
 
Also see . . .
1. Soldiers' Killed During Minnesota Dakota War of 1862. (Submitted on December 10, 2013.)
2. Those Who Served. "There were 72 soldiers who were members of Minnesota units who were killed in the Dakota Uprising... In addition to the 72 soldiers who were killed, another 44 members of various militias and armed civilians were killed..." (Submitted on December 10, 2013.) 

3. Sioux War of 1862. (Submitted on December 10, 2013.)
 
Additional keywords. U.S.-Dakota War
 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
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By K. Linzmeier, October 25, 2013
4. Captain John S. Marsh State Monument
north side
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By K. Linzmeier, October 25, 2013
5. Captain John S. Marsh State Monument
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By K. Linzmeier, October 25, 2013
6. Captain John S. Marsh State Monument
Fort Ridgely State Cemetery
 
 
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