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Webster in Day County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Fight at Webster

 
 
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 5, 2015
1. The Fight at Webster Marker
Inscription. Following the 1862 Minnesota Indian Uprising where nearly 600 men, women, and children were killed, the United States Army at Fort Wadsworth recruited friendly Indians as scouts to restrict the hostile Indians from white settlements. A half-breed, Jack Campbell, led a group to the Mankato area and massacred the Jewett family. Campbell was caught and hung but his companions escaped and fled West. Near the present site of Webster this murderous group were met and recognized by Solomon Two Stars, an Army scout, on May 16, 1865. Solomon and four enlisted scouts; Wahacankaiteton, Kampeska, Tatankawanjidan, and Cankuwanjidan promptly attacked. Three of the hostiles were killed, one escaped, and a renegade nephew of Two Stars was captured. The latter confessed that he and the others were guilty of the murder. Under strict orders to take no prisoners, Two Stars was faced with a terrible choice. Duty demanded his kinsman be killed. Should he order one of the scouts to shoot him or accept the responsibility? Fifty years later, he said, “I shot him before my tears should blind me.” Can white men produce a better chronicle of integrity?
 
Erected 1964 by Webster Chamber of Commerce and the State Highway Commission.
 
Location. 45° 20.48′ 
Museum of Wildlife, Science & Industry image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 5, 2015
2. Museum of Wildlife, Science & Industry
Fifth marker in the row of markers.
N, 97° 32.116′ W. Marker is in Webster, South Dakota, in Day County. Marker is on U.S. 12 mile from W. 7th Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. This marker is located outside the Museum of Wildlife, Science & Industry, Webster, South Dakota. Marker is at or near this postal address: 760 W. Hwy. 12, Webster SD 57274, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. WWII Plane Crash Holds Memories (here, next to this marker); Edgar S. McFadden (a few steps from this marker); Sigurd Anderson (a few steps from this marker); Webster (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneering in Dakota (approx. 8.1 miles away).
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 186 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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