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

New Sweden Indian Attack

 
 
New Sweden Indian Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 5, 2014
1. New Sweden Indian Attack Marker
Inscription.
  Mrs. Maria Jonsson, wife of Erik Jonsson, and their son Pehr, were killed by Sioux Indians on August 23, 1862, near their home in New Sweden Township, about five miles northwest of this marker. Both natives of Sweden, Mrs. Jonsson was thirty-five and Pehr was twelve years old at the time of the massacre. Another son, August, born in New Sweden Township in 1861, died of exposure two days after his mother's death. All three bodies are buried in this cemetery, which was consecrated in 1859 by the Scandian Grove Lutheran Church.

  The Jonsson homestead was one of the eastern-most sites involved in depredations committed by the Indians during the Sioux Uprising of 1862.

"Days of affliction come to meet me" Job 30:27

This marker was erected in 1962 by the Scandian Grove Lutheran Church
in grateful memory of those pioneer members of the congregation.

 
Erected 1962 by the Scandian Grove Lutheran Church.
 
Location. 44° 24.582′ N, 94° 6.719′ W. Marker is in Norseland, Minnesota, in Nicollet County. Marker is on State Highway 22 0.4 miles east of County Road 52, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at the old Scandian
New Sweden Indian Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 5, 2014
2. New Sweden Indian Attack Marker
Grove Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Peter MN 56082, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Norseland Community (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norseland Community (approx. 0.2 miles away); Norseland Lutheran Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Scandian Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); New Sweden Creamery (approx. 3.9 miles away); Old Traverse Cemetery (approx. 7.2 miles away); Treaty of Traverse des Sioux Site (approx. 8.6 miles away); The Treaty of Traverse des Sioux (approx. 8.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Norseland.
 
Regarding New Sweden Indian Attack. In August 1862, the Minnesota Dakota, also known by the French term, “Sioux," waged war against the United States following two years of unfulfilled treaty obligations. After attacking the Redwood (Lower Sioux) Agency, a remote government outpost, the Dakota moved with speed and surprise in southwestern Minnesota and what was then eastern Dakota Territory, killing nearly everyone in their path. They killed approximately 800 settlers and soldiers, took many prisoners, and caused extensive property damage throughout the Minnesota River Valley.
The
New Sweden Indian Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 5, 2014
3. New Sweden Indian Attack Marker
Scandian Grove Cemetery (Original)
three Jonsson family members buried in this cemetery are in unmarked graves.
 
Additional keywords. U.S.–Dakota War of 1862
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
Nearby Tablet image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 5, 2014
4. Nearby Tablet
In Memoriam
Andrew Nelson
and His Wife
Karna
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 3 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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