Near Echo in Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Wood Lake Battle
Sibley’s command camped here, the site of the Lone Tree Lake which has since disappeared. (At the time of the war, Lone Tree Lake was mistaken for Wood Lake, 3.5 miles to the west.) At dawn on September 23, 1862, hundreds of Dakota warriors prepared to attack from the tall grass near Sibley’s encampment, three miles south of the Yellow Medicine Agency, known today as the Upper Sioux Community.
The ambush was thwarted when several men from Sibley’s camp left in a wagon in search of potatoes. Gunfire erupted as the wagons threatened to run over the Dakota, alerting the soldiers at Sibley’s camp. Battle-hardened Civil War veterans of the Third Minnesota Infantry sprang into action, bolstering the raw recruits and volunteers during this final battle of the war. Two hours of fighting on the 600-acre-site brought
The Dakota who surrendered were taken into custody; almost 400 men, including non-combatants, were hastily tried by military tribunal. Of those, 303 Dakota men were found guilty and sentenced to hanging. Aides to President Abraham Lincoln reviewed the records, and Lincoln reduced the sentences. On December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota, 38 men were sentenced to hang in what became the largest mass execution in U.S. history.
Minnesota Historical Society
Erected 2012 by the Minnesota Historical Society, funding by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 42.092′ N, 95° 26.143′ W. Marker is near Echo, Minnesota, in Yellow Medicine County. Marker is on 210th Avenue (County Road 18) 0.7 miles west of 610th Street (State Highway 67), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Echo MN 56237, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles Wood Lake Battlefield State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Joseph R. Brown House (approx. 5.6 miles away); Farther and Gay Castle (approx. 5.6 miles away); Boiling Spring (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Kittelsland Water Wheel (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Enestvedt Marker (approx. 6.8 miles away); A Family's Proud Heritage (approx. 6.9 miles away); A New Life with Family and Friends (approx. 7.3 miles away).
More about this marker. A previous marker erected in 1995 with outdated language was replaced with this marker in 2012. The content of the new sign was reviewed by a Minnesota Historical Society historical marker committee, as well as by Dakota consultants and the Minnesota Historical Society Indian Advisory Committee.
Also see . . .
1. The U.S. - Dakota War of 1862. Battle of Wood Lake. "Over the course of this battle seven white soldiers were killed and 33 were wounded. Fifteen Dakota, including chiefs Makato and Mazamani, were killed during or after this battle, which effectively ended organized Dakota war efforts in Minnesota." (Submitted on October 6, 2013.)
2. The US-Dakota War of 1862. A Map of the U.S.-Dakota War. (Submitted on October 6, 2013.)
Categories. • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 373 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 6, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.