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Morton, Minnesota Historical Markers

 
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By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
Court Martial Site and Marker
Minnesota (Redwood County), Morton — Court Martial Site
175 feet north stood the building in which upwards of 100 Sioux Indians were tried by Court Martial convicted and sentenced to death Nov. 1862. — Map (db m67772) HM
Minnesota (Redwood County), Morton — Forbes' Trading Post Site
400 feet north stood Forbe's trading-post, Aug. 18, 1862. — Map (db m67880) HM
Minnesota (Redwood County), Morton — Lower Sioux Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to All Lower Sioux Veterans Raymond Coursolle Norman Dow Louis Hemminger George Wabasha — Map (db m70124) WM
Minnesota (Redwood County), Morton — Mdewakanton Ehdakupi Wanagi MakoceMdewakanton Repatriation Burial Site
  De oyanke ed Mdwakanton Dakota wicantancan ehdakupi kin hena wicaliapi.   Hena 1862 U.S. - Dakota okicize iyohakab tamakoce etan wicakaliapi.   Dena oyate wicatancan ehdakupi he, he Dakota tona waniyetu ota, Minisota Makobaspe . . . — Map (db m70158) HM
Minnesota (Redwood County), Morton — Myrick's Trading Post Site
40 feet north stood Myrick's trading-post, Aug. 18, 1862. — Map (db m67834) HM
Minnesota (Redwood County), Morton — Repatriation Monument
Ta ku wicuonyanpi kin hena, ca hota tawapi kin hena wakan qa tukted wicahapi kin hed maka kin hena nakin wakan. Tona okioize ed opapi kin hena wicunkisuyapi. Oa maknce unkitawapi kin akand cante wasteya qa wookiye yuha untipi kte. Unkan . . . — Map (db m71025) HM
Minnesota (Redwood County), Morton — Robert's Trading Post Site
188 feet north stood Robert's trading-post, Aug. 18, 1862. — Map (db m67845) HM
Minnesota (Redwood County), Morton — St. Cornelia's Church
  A center of Mdewakanton Dakota community life for several generations, St. Cornelia's Episcopal Church is a symbol of Dakota continuity in the homeland from which they once were exiles. In 1987 the remains of 31 Dakota who died in an Iowa . . . — Map (db m70182) HM
Minnesota (Redwood County), Morton — The Remains of Hon. J.W. Lynde
Here lie the remains of Hon. J.W. Lynde Killed by Sioux Indians Aug. 18, 1862. — Map (db m67769) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — "A Beautiful Place to Encamp"
"It was a beautiful place to encamp, but it proved an unfortunate one for us, as the enemy had the advantage both of the timber and hill for protection."                                             Joseph Anderson To . . . — Map (db m71481) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — “The Fight Was On”
"One of the sentinels fired. The shot was followed by a heavy volley from the Indians, which...killed and wounded several of our men and the fight was on."                                             Joseph Anderson . . . — Map (db m71554) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — After the Battle
"Soon after the battle I, with many others who had taken part in the war, surrendered to Gen. Sibley."                                                 Wamditanka "As soon as I surrendered I was thrown in prison," . . . — Map (db m71612) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — RN-BCO-004 — Battle of Birch Coulee
On the prairie half a mile east of this point, a party of about 160 troops was attacked by Sioux at dawn, Sept. 2, 1862. During the battle, the force was surrounded for thirty hours, losing over a third of its number in killed and wounded. . . . — Map (db m67451) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — Battle Scars
All our horses, both cavalry and transportation horses, were either killed or so badly wounded as to make them unfit for service."                                                 Joseph Anderson Tethered to wagons on the . . . — Map (db m71575) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — Battle Tactics
"It was concluded to surround the camp that night and attack it at daylight. We felt sure we could capture it."                                                 Wamditanka After the Dakota scouts spotted Anderson's men . . . — Map (db m71510) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — 7 — Birch Coulee State MonumentSept. 2d. & 3d., 1862.
north side Erected by the State of Minnesota in grateful remembrance of the Heroism of those gallant soldiers and citizens who fought the Battle of Birch Coulee and to perpetuate their names. Capt. Hiram P. Grant. Co. A. 6th Minnesota . . . — Map (db m69514) HM WM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — Caught Unaware!Settlers in the Area of Birch Coolie Creek
  In 1862, settlers in the area of Birch Coolie Creek were living peaceful lives, having come to this area to take up new homesteads. They were in large part recent immigrants to this country. When they settled here they were mostly unaware of . . . — Map (db m69354) HM WM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — Dakota Positions
"We had no difficulty in surrounding the camp. The pickets were only a little way from it."                                                 Wamditanka No soldiers would have attempted to climb this hill during the battle. . . . — Map (db m71551) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — RN-BFS-002 — Earle Monument
Erected by the Renville Co. Pioneers, Aug. 18, 1907. In Memory of Radnor Earle who was killed by the Indians in the massacre of Aug. 18, 1862 while Saving his Father's life. — Map (db m70510) HM WM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — RN-BFS-002 — Henderson Monument
Erected by the Renville Co. Pioneers, Aug. 18, 1907. In memory of Mrs. S. R. Henderson and her two little daughters, Jehiel Wedge, and Eugene White, who were killed by the Indians in the massacre of Aug. 18, 1862. . . . — Map (db m70514) HM WM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — Minnesota's Civil War
In the late summer of 1862, the land on which you're standing was a war zone. The causes of that war had been brewing for decades. In treaties signed between 1805 and 1858, the Dakota nation ceded much of its land to the U.S. government. By . . . — Map (db m71337) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — Redwood Ferry
On a summer day in 1862 the Redwood Ferry landing on the Minnesota River below this point was the scene of the first attack against military troops in one of America's most tragic Indian wars. Early in the morning of August 18, 1862, a large . . . — Map (db m68897) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — Solid Friendships
Made of solid granite, the “Friendly Indian Monument” was dedicated in 1899 in honor of six Dakota Indians who befriended and protected government employees, immigrant settlers, missionaries, or aided soldiers during the . . . — Map (db m70864) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — Surrounded at the Coulee
This monument was dedicated in 1894 as a testament to U.S. soldiers and civilians who fought and died in the Battle of Birch Coulee. The U.S.–Dakota Conflict of 1862 started when Dakota Indians, frustrated over broken treaty . . . — Map (db m70848) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — The Battle Ends
On the second day of the fight, we were reinforced...which ended one of the hardest and best fought battles known."                                                 Joseph Anderson Early in the afternoon of September 3, . . . — Map (db m71590) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — The Battle of Birch CouleeBig Eagle
West of crest of hill and 755 feet east was one of the principal points of attack by the Sioux indians under Big Eagle, Sept 2-3, 1862. — Map (db m67764) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — The Battle of Birch CouleeMah-Ka-To
600 feet south, in the ravine the whites were attacked by the Sioux Indians under Mah-Ka-To Sept. 2, 1862. — Map (db m69389) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — The Battle of Birch CouleeGray Bird
In the then tall grass in the swale, about 800 feet north, a body of Sioux Indians under Gray Bird attacked the whites. Behind the hill 400 feet to the east was the last point of attack by the Indians, whence they were driven by . . . — Map (db m70059) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — The Battle of Birch Coulee
Just before sunrise on September 2, 1862, the sharp crack of a warning shot signaled the start of the Battle of Birch Coulee. One of the bloodiest battles of the U.S.-Dakota War was fought here. For a day and a half, this place echoed . . . — Map (db m71159) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — The Battle of Birch Coulee
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Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — The Faithful Indians' MonumentHumanity • Patriotism • Fidelity • Courage
Erected A. D. 1899 by the Minnesota Valley Historical Society to commemorate the brave, faithful, and humane conduct of the loyal Indians who saved the lives of white people and were true to their obligations throughout the Sioux War in Minnesota . . . — Map (db m69496) HM WM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — The Prairie Factor
"I led my men up from the west through the grass and took up a position 200 yards from the camp behind a small knoll."                                     Wamditanka You are standing where Wamditanka and his band took . . . — Map (db m71532) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — The Story of the Land
Before the Battle When glaciers receded from this region thousands of years ago, they left behind huge rivers and lakes in a broad valley. Over time, the valley became filled with tallgrass prairies, small lakes, and the waterway known . . . — Map (db m71445) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — Two Men, One War
The story of Birch Coulee is told vividly by the men who fought here. As you move along this trail, you will follow the stories of two men: Joseph Anderson, a captain in the U.S. Army, and Wamditanka (Big Eagle), a Mdewakanton chief. . . . — Map (db m71459) HM
Minnesota (Renville County), Morton — Wrong Place, Wrong Time
"When the men in advance reached Little Crow's village...they saw a column of mounted men and some wagons...going eastward."                               Wamditanka The "men in advance" were Dakota scouts. According to . . . — Map (db m71472) HM

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