As groups of Dakota soldiers attacked farms and European American communities, many took prisoners back to their camps, mostly women and children. After several weeks 285 prisoners were released to Col. Sibley and his army at Camp Release. Following the war, many of the former prisoners wrote of their experiences and their treatment at the hands of Dakota individuals. As you read the excerpts from their reminiscences, think about the different experiences each had and how it affected their perspective on the Dakota and the war.


Althea Carrothers and her brother, captives of the Dakota Indians during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.


Mary E. Schwandt Schmidt (Mrs. William) and Snana Good Thunder (Maggie Brass)

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