Thursday, August 23, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 23

August 23, 1862 – The town of New Ulm, Minn., was surrounded and attacked by more than 650 Dakota warriors on this date. “Soon after the battle began, the settlers, who were stuck in close, cramped quarters and afraid of disease, began to burn the town buildings because the [Dakota] were using the buildings as cover. By nightfall, more than 190 buildings had been burned to the ground. Only three blocks in the center of town remained.

The next morning, the [Dakota] fired a few rounds into the town before they left. In total, 24 settlers, including Captain William B. Dodd, were killed in the battle, although [Judge William] Flandrau and the troops had been able to hold the town center.”
Public domain. Painted by Henry August Schwabe.

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