Frank Leroy Farrar was born in Britton on April 2, 1929, son of third-generation Marshall County homesteaders. He was an Eagle Scout and Boys State governor and graduated from Britton High School. Farrar then earned business and law degrees from the . . . — — Map (db m197801) HM
"Sat. Nov. 25, 1865. Ft. Wadsworth. Arrived at 3 p.m. Received my pay, paid my debts and have $20 left." As the assistant to the commanding officer, the adjutant kept track of the men who were on furlough, in the hospital or on field . . . — — Map (db m162309) HM
Wed. Oct. 25, 1865. Our company is ordered to Fort Wadsworth-- bad luck to them! Men feel badly about being ordered to Wadsworth--it seems as though it was going out of the world again. But it is a soldier's duty to obey orders.
Andrew . . . — — Map (db m101242) HM
Wed. Oct. 25, 1865. Our company is ordered to Fort Wadsworth-- bad luck to them! Men feel badly about being ordered to Wadsworth--it seems as though it was going out of the world again. But it is a soldier's duty to obey . . . — — Map (db m162131) HM
"Wed. Oct 22, 1865. Fifteen men armed two stockades." Fort Wadsworth (Fort Sisseton) was surrounded on three sides by water and situated on a hill. These were the fort's natural defenses. Structural defense systems consisted of . . . — — Map (db m162305) HM
Thurs. Dec. 7, 1865. Major Rose called all the companies together today, gave them a talking to and much good advice. There has been quite a spirit of unrest among the men. The men were anxious to return to civil life.
This structure was . . . — — Map (db m162304) HM
"Wed. Jan. 3, 1866. Have been to work all day at headquarters making out monthly returns for December 1865. Took a list of clothing the boys wanted to draw for January."
The Commissary Sergeants earned a wage of $21.00 per month. Their . . . — — Map (db m197924) HM
One of the doctor's duties was to record mammal sightings. In 1869, elk, buffalo, antelope, grey wolf, and black bear were recorded. The antelope is the only animal still sighted in this region.
Due to dwindling numbers, an order was . . . — — Map (db m101238) HM
Memorandum: Dick Wilson enlisted in our squad from S. Paul in October 1863. He was a very bad case. His home has been the guard house ever since he enlisted. He broke out and deserted the 13th of February. He was caught and brought back. Again he . . . — — Map (db m101229) HM
Sun. Nov. 26, 1865. Doc and Shep up all night gambling. Blowers and Peterson each made $25 tonight playing "Honest-John."
During the Roaring Twenties, the Fort was leased for use as a hunting lodge. The hospital became the club room and . . . — — Map (db m162132) HM
"Fri. Nov. 17. Doc and Tom Holdship arrived from St. Paul via Ridgely. Doc looks well. Holdship has immense whiskers. Drew up a list of clothing needed by men."
Dampness from living in the barracks, harsh weather conditions and . . . — — Map (db m162299) HM
Wed. Jan. 3, 1866. We are mighty anxious to get mail. Nothing will make soldiers homesick so quick as not receiving letters from families or friends.
Filling the countless hours proved to be a soldier's greatest challenge. According to . . . — — Map (db m162136) HM
"Tues. Jan 2.  Finished reading a good novel titled the 'Love Test.' It's a splendid story. C. O. Frenchies' writing school is in full blast tonight in the kitchen. About 40 of the boys are attending. It is a good thing--makes the evening . . . — — Map (db m162296) HM
Mon. Dec. 4, 1865. Captain took all the ammunition over to the magazine and read the army regulations to the men.
The U.S. Springfield and the British-made Enfield were the two basic firearms of the Civil War period. Both muzzleloaders . . . — — Map (db m162310) HM
Sun. Nov. 12, 1865. The fort has greatly improved since we were here a year ago. Stone quarters nearly completed for us to go into.
Living conditions at the Fort were crude. Wood bunks were furnished with wool blankets and mattresses . . . — — Map (db m101233) HM
"Thursday, Jan. 18. Lt. Briley has taken command of the company. He has been relieved from duty at inspection-except at his post. He was over to Roll Call this morning but nobody was up-when Sgt. Knight politely told him that we hadn't had any . . . — — Map (db m162308) HM
The log building had a shingled roof and was 145' long and 24' wide. A storage cellar sat under on-third of the building. While large, the building was not well constructed. Rain and snow blew through the roof and damaged supplies.
When . . . — — Map (db m162138) HM
Tues. Nov. 14, 1865. Took the best bath I could and put on clean clothes, first time in nearly three weeks. We indulged in a stag dance this evening.
Soldiers spent much of their off duty time playing chess, checkers and card games. . . . — — Map (db m101231) HM
“Tues. Dec. 12, 1865. Very cold-very. My pony broke through the ice while I was watering him and he nearly perished with cold before I could get him back to the stable.”
During the winter of 1864, there was an urgent need to . . . — — Map (db m162140) HM
About, 20,000 years ago, a series of glaciers scoured and scraped their way across South Dakota, creating in their wake the Coteau des Prairies. As the glaciers retreated, they left a deposit known as glacial moraine - consisting of soil and rocky . . . — — Map (db m101726) HM
In February 1871, President Grant approved an 82,000 acre parcel of land measuring nine miles by fifteen miles as the Fort Sisseton Military Reservation. The land was set aside for use by the military for training exercises and hay ground for . . . — — Map (db m101225) HM
Major John Clowney, 30th Wisconsin Infantry with Cos. B. E. G. and K, Captains Burton, Devlin, Swain & Klatt, started the fort on 1 August 1864, pursuant to orders of General John Pope, Department Commander. They were mostly from the north woods and . . . — — Map (db m179954) HM
In 1996, with Executive Order 96-06, South Dakota Governor William J. "Bill" Janklow created the Governor's Commission on Fort Sisseton. His action ensured that input from dedicated local individuals, with a knowledge of history and a passion . . . — — Map (db m103085) HM
The last county organized east of the Missouri, on May 2, 1885; it had been in Sheyenne County 1862; a gigantic Hanson 1870; coincident with Stone 1873; the north half of Day 1879 and was created by the 1885 Legislature and named for Governor . . . — — Map (db m91617) HM
The cemetery roster reveals countless hardships. Nine of the people interred in this cemetery succumbed to typhoid, and four to consumption (tuberculosis). Two each died by fever, drowning, freezing, bronchitis, pneumonia, meningitis and . . . — — Map (db m101226) HM
Curt Jones loved history for a lot of reasons. He saw history as a collection of great stories that can be told and retold. He saw history as a book of lessons to be learned. Most of all, he saw history as an experience that you can keep only if . . . — — Map (db m103086) HM
The log buildings along the south side of the fort were used as officers quarters in the early years of the fort. When the brick officers' quarters were completed the log buildings became married enlisted men's and laundress quarters.
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The prairie pothole lakes region that surrounds Fort Sisseton is a haven for birds. Birds and waterfowl were found in abundance when the military arrived at Fort Sisseton. In 1868 and 1869, Fort surgeon Dr. B. Knickerbocker recorded 44 species of . . . — — Map (db m101243) HM
The Coteau des Prairies and glacial lakes region was a wonderful habitat for wildlife. The post surgeon, who also served as the post naturalist, kept records of the wildlife he observed. Through his records, we learn that human interference has . . . — — Map (db m101727) HM
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Long the home of Sisseton, Wahpeton & Cuthead Yanktonaise Sioux, it became part of Deuel & Cheyenne Counties in 1862; Deuel extending N to 46th parallel (4 miles N) in 1872. The Reservation . . . — — Map (db m185145) HM
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