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

Backlund / Lorentson Monument

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
1. Backlund / Lorentson Marker
Inscription.  
Sven H. Backlund
Andreas Lorentson
Killed by Indians
Aug. 21, 1862

 
Topics. This historical marker monument is listed in this topic list: Wars, US Indian.
 
Location. 45° 8.99′ N, 94° 45.425′ W. Marker is near Atwater, Minnesota, in Kandiyohi County. Marker is on Kandi Meeker Road Northeast 0.7 miles north of U.S. 12, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atwater MN 56209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wheeler Lake Camp (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Acton Incident (approx. 4.1 miles away); Acton State Monument (approx. 4.1 miles away); Red River Trail (approx. 5˝ miles away); Arndahl Lutheran Church (approx. 5.6 miles away); Diamond Lake Camp (approx. 5.9 miles away); Diamond Lake Community Park (approx. 5.9 miles away); Gates Homestead (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atwater.
 
Regarding Backlund / Lorentson Monument. In 1862, the Minnesota Dakota, also known by the French term, “Sioux," waged war against the United States
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By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
2. Backlund / Lorentson Marker
following two years of unfulfilled treaty obligations. Sven Backlund, a shoemaker, and Andreas Lorentson, a blacksmith, were two drovers of a wagon train of refugees that were fleeing to Forest City. At this site, the refugees circled their wagons defensively when a band of seven mounted Dakota attacked them. The Dakota killed the two drovers who were determined to bring their livestock within the corralled wagons. The refugee's long-range rifles held the Dakota at bay, and after circling around the wagons for several hours, the Dakota withdrew.
 
Additional keywords. U.S.–Dakota War of 1862; Sven Helgeson Backlund; Andreas Lorentson Sandland
 
Backlund / Lorentson Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
3. Backlund / Lorentson Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 532 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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