Isaac Heard

Isaac Heard joined Henry Sibley’s military expedition against the Dakota in 1862. After the Dakota surrender at Camp Release, Heard served as a recorder during the Military Commission’s trials of the suspected Dakota men. Almost immediately after the war he published The History of the Sioux War, from which the following excerpts are taken. As you read the excerpts think about what it must have been like to serve as a soldier in Sibley’s command.


Henry H. Sibley and staff


Drawing of Dakota attacking a camp, 1862.


View at Birch Coollie [i.e. Birch Coulee], 3 Months After the Battle

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