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Memories of War

The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 changed the history of Minnesota forever. It left a permanent mark on Minnesota’s social and cultural landscape, and has been a large part of the cultural memory of Minnesotans and Dakota. In this section is a collection of objects which illustrate how the war has been remembered and commemorated by those who lived through it and their descendents.

Explore this collection of primary sources related to the public memory of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and how it has changed over the years, and think about what we can learn from them. Ask the following questions of each source:

  • What kind of source is it? (i.e. interview, diary, newspaper, image, etc.)
  • Who created this source?
  • Who is its intended audience?
  • When was the source created?
  • What influences do you think acted on the creation of this source?

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Memories of War U.S. Military Non-Combatants Dakota "Peace Party" Dakota Soldiers