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Minnesota Soldiers

As the military response to the Dakota attacks was being organized, hundreds of men volunteered for service in the war. Few had any previous military experience, and few had had much interaction with the Dakota. In the excerpts below average soldiers describe their feelings about going to war and the experience of combat against Dakota soldiers.


Thomas Van Etten


The Battle of Birch Coulee


US Model 1841 "Mississippi" rifle


Civil War bullets

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