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Near Atwater in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Wheeler Lake Camp

 
 
Wheeler Lake Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
1. Wheeler Lake Camp Marker
Inscription.
After fighting a running battle with the Dakota on August 20, 1862 at Diamond Lake, two groups of refugees from Spicer and Eagle Lake camped here at Wheeler's Lake. The Dakota camped across the lake from them. There were no disturbances during the night. When the refugees left the next morning, the Dakota followed and attacked the vulnerable train of oxcarts about three miles to the southeast of this site. Andreas Lorentson and Sven Backlund stayed behind the main body of the refugee party to protect their cattle, Dakota warriors killed Lorentson and Backlund in their attempt to seize the cattle. Silas Foot and William Kouts counterattacked the Dakota, wounding one of them, and compelling the Dakota to retreat.

This project has been financed in part with funds provided by
the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and
Cultural Heritage Fund and the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.

 
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society and the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 45° 10.443′ N, 94° 47.528′ 
Wheeler Lake Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
2. Wheeler Lake Camp Marker
Wheeler Lake is beyond the marker.
W. Marker is near Atwater, Minnesota, in Kandiyohi County. Marker is on 180th Street Northeast 1.5 miles north of 30th Avenue Northeast, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is approximately 3 driving miles from Atwater. Marker is in this post office area: Atwater MN 56209, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Backlund / Lorentson Monument (approx. 2.4 miles away); Red River Trail (approx. 3.4 miles away); Gates Homestead (approx. 3.6 miles away); Diamond Lake Camp (approx. 3.6 miles away); Diamond Lake Community Park (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Acton Incident (approx. 6.5 miles away); Acton State Monument (approx. 6.5 miles away); Green Lake Mounds (approx. 6.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Atwater.
 
More about this marker. The marker has the Historic Site seal of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society 1895.
 
Regarding Wheeler Lake Camp. In 1862, the Minnesota Dakota, also known by the French term, “Sioux," waged war against the United States following two years of unfulfilled treaty obligations. Settlers were fleeing to Forest City for protection in their stockade.
 
Additional keywords. U.S.–Dakota
Wheeler Lake Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
3. Wheeler Lake Camp Marker
180th Street Northeast
War of 1862

 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
Wheeler Lake image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
4. Wheeler Lake
The refugee's camp was to the left,
the Dakota's camp was to the right.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 16 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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