Slaughter Slough Waterfowl Production Area
This site is the approximate location of a battle which occurred on August 20, 1862, between Dakota (Sioux) Indians and settlers fleeing to New Ulm from their cabins along Lake Shetek. This tragic encounter claimed the lives of at least two Dakota warriors and fourteen settlers, which included men, woman and children. Most of the fourteen died in this immediate area.
Eleven settlers, all women and children were also taken captive. One child died in captivity, another child and adult later escaped. Through the heroic efforts of ten young Teton Lakota boys, the remaining eight captives were later rescued just north of what is now Mobridge, South Dakota.
This site is now part of the National Wildlife Refuge System and is managed to benefit wildlife with an emphasis on waterfowl production.
Erected 2003 by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Parks & Recreational Areas • Wars, US Indian • Women.
Location. 44° 5.147′
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Reconciliation Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Avoca (approx. 9.6 miles away); Laura's Dugout Home on the Banks of Plum Creek (approx. 13.7 miles away).
Also see . . . Slaughter Slough Waterfowl Production Area. Brochure produced by Murray County
The monument on the Slaughter Slough WPA rests on three stones. Each stone represents a group to be honored: The Dakota... The White Settlers... The Fool Soldiers: Young Teton Lakota men who negotiated the release of the captives at risk of their own lives and received no payment for their bartered goods. They were not honored for their deed and were shunned by much of the Lakota community after the rescue.(Submitted on January 15, 2021, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2021, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 15, 2021, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.