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The Battle of Birch Coulee

A battlefield features an Indian attack on the camp of soldiers in the 6th Minnesota Volunteer infantry. Men and horses lie defeated in the camp; tents and wagons are full of bullet holes. A second group of soldiers are in armed position behind the Indians. High on a hill at the left, a figure on horseback gives signal with a red flag. In response to the flag, the Indians begin their retreat into the distant hills. A United States flag stands in the camp and a second United States flag is carried by the infantry at the far right.

ID Number: AV1998.19

Negative Number: 76498

Artist's conception of the Battle of Birch Coulee, fought on Sept. 2 1862 (ca. 1912).

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The Battle of Birch Coulee
Memories of War U.S. Military Non-Combatants Dakota "Peace Party" Dakota Soldiers