Saturday, September 2, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 2

September 2, 1862 – “Battle of Birch Coulee, fought between September 2 and 3, 1862, [near Morton in Renville County,] was the worst defeat the United States suffered and the Dakotas' most successful engagement during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Over thirty hours, approximately 200 Dakota soldiers pinned down a Union force of 150 newly recruited U.S. infantry and cavalry soldiers and civilians from the area, holding them until reinforcements arrived.”

Marker reads:

Battle of Birch Coulee
On the prairie half a mile east of here a party of about 160 troops was attacked by Sioux at dawn September 2, 1862, during the Outbreak. The force was surrounded for thirty hours, and lost over a third of its number in killed and wounded.


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