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Near Morton in Renville County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

After the Battle

 
 
After the Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
1. After the Battle Marker
Inscription.
"Soon after the battle I, with many others who had taken part in the war, surrendered to Gen. Sibley."
                                                Wamditanka

"As soon as I surrendered I was thrown in prison," Wamditanka said. After three years in jail, he rejoined his band in Nebraska. He moved back to Minnesota in 1869 and died in Granite Falls in 1906.

Joseph Anderson was wounded at Birch Coulee and went home to St. Paul after the battle. He left Minnesota in 1877, returning once in 1894 for the dedication of the Birch Coulee monument in Morton. He died three years later in Oklahoma City.

"They Say Minnesota Nice"

Francis J. Yellow is a member of the Lakota Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. A visual artist and poet, he expresses his belief in the sacredness of humanity through his work.

In this painting, Yellow depicts the clash of cultures that culminated in the U.S.-Dakota War. The scaffold at the upper right refers to the government’s trial and execution of 40 Dakota men after the war.

Minnesota Historical Society
Birch Coulee Battlefield

 
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society.
 
Marker series.
After the Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
2. After the Battle Marker
Birch Coulee Battlefield
looking west towards the U.S. campsite
This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 34.574′ N, 94° 58.483′ W. Marker is near Morton, Minnesota, in Renville County. Marker can be reached from County Road 18 0.2 miles south of 690th Avenue (County Road 2), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is within Birch Coulee Battlefield/State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 68634 County Road 18, Morton MN 56270, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Birch Coulee (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle Ends (about 300 feet away); "A Beautiful Place to Encamp" (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Birch Coulee (about 500 feet away); The Story of the Land (about 500 feet away); Minnesota's Civil War (about 500 feet away); Two Men, One War (about 500 feet away); Wrong Place, Wrong Time (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Morton.
 
More about this marker. caption: Francis J. Yellow, Minnesota Nice Oyakepelo, “They Say Minnesota Nice,” 1995. Courtesy The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
 
Also see . . .
1. July 1, 1894: Chief Big Eagle speaks. Star Tribune article.
After the Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
3. After the Battle Marker
The U.S. campsite was to the left, Birch Coulee Creek is to the right.
We were assured that "we would only be held as prisoners of war a short time, but as soon as I surrendered I was thrown into prison" for three years. "I did not like the way I had been treated. I surrendered in good faith... if I had killed or wounded a man it had been in fair, open fight." (Submitted on February 6, 2014.) 

2. Chief Big Eagle. Find A Grave memorial for Jerome Big Eagle (Wamditanka). (Submitted on February 6, 2014.) 

3. Capt Joseph Anderson. Find A Grave memorial for Joseph Anderson. (Submitted on February 6, 2014.) 

4. Minnesota Nice Oyakepelo, “They Say Minnesota Nice”. (Submitted on February 6, 2014.)
5. They Say Minnesota Nice. (Submitted on February 6, 2014.)
6. Review – Minnesota Historical Society Birch Coulee Signs. (Submitted on February 6, 2014.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Chief Red Legs
Thomas Husasa "Red Legs" Whipple, 1805-1892; Catholic Cemetery, Santee Agency, Knox, Nebraska. (Surname Whipple taken from Minnesota Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple.) His son Benjamin was a scout for Gen. Custer.
    — Submitted February 6, 2014.

 
Additional keywords. U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicWars, US Indian
 
Trail towards Birch Coulee Creek image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
4. Trail towards Birch Coulee Creek
Hushasha (Chief Red Legs) and his soldiers occupied this area east of the U.S. campsite. The marker can be seen in the distance along the left side of the trail.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 325 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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