Friday, August 31, 2012

Dakota Conflict Timeline August 25-31 1862

Under Ryker's scouting, Company A was kept busy. They found numerous corpses in various states of mutilation and decomposition  strewn about the prairie, and after making records of them and identifying those they could, they buried them in shallow graves where they fell. At one juncture where a small pond sat surrounded by cottonwood trees, , the scout glanced up and saw several turkey vultures soaring in the sky.    "Something's dead over there, sir."
"Just a deer carcass probably," Major Brown replied, "or maybe a dead horse or cow from the tornado."
Ryker, however, had a hunch. "Hold up here a minute, will you, sir? Want to check our Beaver Creek Marsh over yonder."
Major brown, after conferring with Captain Grant, agreed this was a good idea and and ordered the troops to take a fifteen-minute breather. He drew out his chaw of tobacco, bit off a chunk, and as an afterthought said: "Smoke, if you got the makings."
Riding ahead, Ryker's hunch was soon proven true. He saw the flies first - swarms of them - and then caught the odor of death. Upon closer examination, he found the remains of Captain John Marsh and twenty of his men, all killed in the original massacre of August the 18th, lying in the tall weeds next to the pond. They had been scalped and mutilated, and three mangy coyotes and several vultures now feasted on the remains. With them, also dead, was a family consisting of a man and a woman and three children. He later learned that this was the entire Prescott Johnson family, immigrants who had crossed the ocean just five years before to make a new life as homesteaders in the Minnesota territory. Now, all they could homestead was a six foot hole in the ground.
The detail came forward and buried the dead and were about to head out when Ryker, seeing the glint of metal against the sun, narrowed his steely eyes and squinted towards the west. There he saw a war party of Sioux following Beaver Creek, which drained into Beaver Creek Marsh, heading in their direction. He saw the leader, whom he immediately recognized as Little Crow, draw up his pony and stand tall in his saddle, looking toward him. The Indian raised his lance, and Ryker heard a shout, and the Indians dismounted and disappeared into the weeds. Even the horses were quickly out of view, but Ryker knew they were hiding behind a tall knoll above the ravine known as Birch Coulee in this part of the state. "We got company, sir," he said. "And I don't think they came to pay a social call."

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

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2012 is the 150th anniversary year of Minnesota's Great Sioux Uprising of 1862, also called the Dakota Conflict. This war had more civilian casualties than any other Indian war in U.S. History, and resulted in the hanging of 38 Sioux warriors at Mankato, the largest mass execution in U.S. history. The link below takes you to the book, which tells the story of ordinary people like you and me caught up in horrible and deadly circumstances who cope with life as best they know how.

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Timeline: August 26-31 Dakota Conflict, Sioux Uprising

     "Ryker, about that burial detail we discussed," Sibley said. "You know this territory like the back of your glove. Tomorrow, I want you to lead major Joseph Brown, Captain Hiram Grant, and a detachment of a hundred and fifty men of Company A of the Third Minnesota Volunteers on a burial detail, relieve any other survivors and refugees you come across, and try to get a bearing on the Dakota. Bury all the bodies you find and proceed to Birch Coulee. As soon as the reinforcements and supplies I requisitioned arrive from Fort Snelling, we'll join you and help scout out that area. I want to inspect the territory as far north as Olivia before we mount an offensive against Little Crow."
     "It ain't a pleasant task, but it's the right thing to do for these poor victims." Ryker saluted the commander.  "Aye sir, we'll head out come first light in the morning."
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sioux Uprising, Dakota Conflict, American Civil War

Again a reminder we will offer a free 24 hour promotion of this ebook on Sunday, September 2, the 150 year anniversary of the battle of Birch Coulee, the first major confrontation between Little Crow and Col. Sibley's army during the Dakota Conflict. We are commemorating the sesquicentennial of Minnesota's Great Sioux Uprising of 1862. This is the year!

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"Of great concern to Crooks was the fact that the entire southern Minnesota River Valley was at risk from Cut Nose. Could he be stopped, or would he again move down the river to the north? Mankato, St. peter, Henderson, which had already been attacked, Belle Plaine, and all the homesteads in between were at risk. The western frontier was totally unprotected clear up to Fort Abercrombie and beyond." (Excerpt from Blood on the Prairie - A Novel of the Sioux Uprising. 2012 is the sesquicentennial anniversary of Minnesota's Great Sioux Uprising of 1862)

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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Free Worldwide Promotion Sunday September 2, 2012

To commemorate the Battle of Birch Coulee that occurred exactly 150 years ago on September 2, 1862, we offer a free 24 hour promotion worldwide on Amazon Kindle Select of the title below. This is the year!

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Typical Minnesota Newspaper Headlines from August 1862

SIOUX ATTACK NEW ULM
COLONEL SIBLEY APPOINTED COMMANDER OF INDIAN EXPEDITION
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
FORT RIDGLEY UNDER SEIGE
PROTECT YOUR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
LITTLE CROW LEADS MASSACRE

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sioux Uprising, Dakota Conflict, American Civil War

"The next day, August the 26th, Ryker led Colonel Sibley and the troops from St. Peter and across the plains until they reached the trail to Fort Ridgley, a federal  fort located on the frontier west and upriver from New Ulm. Sibley decided to move across the plains now that he had a sizable fighting force, knowing that any attack by the Dakota could be overcome." (Excerpt from "Blood on the Prairie - A Novel of the Sioux Uprising" for this date, August 26th, one hundred and fifty years ago.)

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Sioux Uprising Timeline for August 25, 1862

Sioux Uprising Timeline - August 25, 1862 - At New Ulm MN, nearly 2000 women, children, and wounded  men load  into 153 wagons or start out on foot for the perceived safety of Mankato, 30 miles away.

We are reliving the events of Minnesota's Great Sioux Uprising of 1862 which occurred exactly 150 years ago. Read about it below in the format of your choice, including Ebook. Kindle Prime members read free.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dakota Conflict film shown at Jackson MN

Great day at Jackson MN despite the rain. Nearly 300 folks showed up at the State theater downtown to see the 1973 twin cities public TV presentation of the Dakota Conflict. Ol' Ryker stood up and invited everyone out to Fort Belmont for more Sioux Uprising memorabilia and a small number showed up. Sold 2 more copies of Blood on the Prairie - A Novel of the Sioux Uprising to Fort Belmont to replace the two copies they sold today, and they also bought the last hardcover limited edition of BOTP Sesquicentennial Edition for the raffle they'll have in a few weeks at the Buckskinners rendezvous. had lunch at the local cafe and guess what? It's an Embers! Remember them? Not many of them around any more. All day breakfast of sausage and eggs, hash browns and toast for $6.99. Can't beat that.

But heck, you don't have to come all the way to Jackson MN to get the book. You can read it right here at the link below. August 2012 is the 150th anniversary of Minnesota's Great Sioux Uprising that caused the death of the most civilians in an Indian war in U.S. history, and resulted in the hanging of 38 Sioux warriors on a huge gallows at Mankato, MN - the largest mass execution in U.S. history.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Jackson MN Hosts Commemorative Ceremonies for the Vicitms of the Sioux Uprising this Weekend


August 1862 attacks by Sioux at New Ulm MN

"At noon the next day, Colonel Crooks led the troops of the sixth Minnesota into New Ulm, a settlement whose population consisted primarily of German immigrants. It had been ransacked by Cut Nose and 600 braves, and left with only 25 homes still standing.

They bivouacked in the center of what remained of the town until the next day, allowing the troops to rest from tyhe forced march from St. Peter and to help care for the wounded and to bury the dead. All about them was carnage, smoldering ruins of what once had been homes and businesses, and corpses, many mutilated, strewn everywhere. The screams of the injured were in the air, drowning out the grieving moans and cries of the widowed and orphaned." (Description of New Ulm attacks taken from Blood on the Prairie - A Novel of the Sioux Uprising)

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Sioux Uprising, Blood on the Prairie Novel of Sioux Uprising, Dakota Conflict

August 23, 1862 - Nearly 650 Dakota warriors attack New Ulm Minnesota for the second time. Most buildings of the town are burned to the ground. 34 settlers are killed and 60 more wounded, but the town is successfully defended. Colonel Henry Sibley and his volunteer army along with the Sixth Minnesota are en route to St. Peter to set up a bivouac site.

The above event happened in Minnesota's history 150 years ago. We commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Great Sioux Uprising in 2012.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sioux Uprising, Dakota Conflict, American Civil War,Sesquicentennial

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"Ryker's as loyal as the day is long."

   Within the hour, Ryker was at the head of a column of soldiers of the Sixth Minnesota, led by Colonel Crooks, heading southwest toward New Ulm. They followed the Minnesota River as Ryker said, but the going was slow because of the rough terrain. Several times Ryker advanced alone to scout out various ravines and draws leading down to the river, for there was ample cover there to hide marauding Sioux. About midway between Mankato and New Ulm, the troops came upon yet another draw.
   I'll check it out, sir," Ryker said. "This won't take long." So saying, he dismounted and with a quick pace moved forward on foot to the east side of the hillly draw.
   "Ryker can really move for such a large man," Colonel Crooks said to his aide, Captain Hiram Bailey.
   "That he can," Baily replied, watching as the buckskin-clad scout scurried deftly toward the draw. "You'd never know him to be that agile from the size of him."
   "Ryker's amazed me before," Crooks said. "We're darn lucky he is on our side rather than fighting with the Dakota."
   "I know he's got feelings for the Indians, but I sure hope he doesn't let it get in the way of his duty."
   Crooks reined in Prince, his high-spirited Arabian that had started to prance, and looked a Bailey. "You needn't fret on that account, Captain Bailey. Ryker's as loyal as the day is long."

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

"Folks will end up dead, both white and red."

"I think one of these here fine days, we're going to find ourselves right in the middle of an Indian war the likes of which has never been seen. And if that happens, a lot of folks will end up dead, both white and red."

"Folks are dead both white and red." Bodine snapped his fingers to the rhythm of the rhyme and grinned at Ryker.

"You won't think this is so doggone funny when you got a Dakota arrow sticking in your ear and you're toting your scalp around in your pocket, Al."

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Timeline: Sioux Uprising, Dakota Conflict, August 19-21, 1862

August 19, 1862 - Minnesota Governor Alexander Ramsey appoints Colonel Henry Sibley to command American volunteer forces for the Indian Expedition. 16 settlers are killed by Dakota in and around New Ulm, MN. Settlers crowd in and around a barricaded area on New Ulm's main street.

August 20-21, 1862 - Dakota attach Fort Ridgley, but the fort is successfully defended.
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Massacre Continues...

You are witnessing the events of Minnesota's Great Sioux Uprising of 1862, which happened exactly 150 years ago this month. Buy the book "Blood on the Prairie - A Novel of the Sioux Uprising" in all formats at Amazon.
August, 1862 Annuity payments are late and rumors circulate that payments, if they will be made at all, will not be in the customary gold because of the ongoing Civil War. Dakota plan to demand that future annuity payments be made directly to them, rather than through traders.  Traders, learning of plan, refuse to sell provisions on credit, despite widespread hunger and starvation on the reservation.  At a meeting called by Indian Agent Thomas Galbraith to resolve the impasse, Andrew Myrick, spokesman for the traders, says: "So far as I am concerned, if they are hungry, let them eat grass."
August 17, 1862 Four Dakota kill five settlers near Litchfield.  Councils are held among the Dakota on whether to wage war.  Despite deep divisions on the issue, war is the chosen course.
August 18, 1862 Groups of Dakota kill 44 Americans in attacks on the Redwood Agency and on federal troops advancing to the Agency in the hope of suppressing the uprising.  Ten Americans are captured. 
August 19, 1862 Minnesota Governor Ramsey appoints Col. Henry Sibley to command American volunteer forces.Sixteen settlers are killed in Dakota attacks in and around New Ulm. Settlers crowd into a small barricaded area of New Ulm's main street.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Kindle Select Free Promotion Tomorrow August 17th

Tomorrow, August 17th is the 150th anniversary of the murders at Acton, Minnesota, which put in motion the Sioux massacre that followed. The massacre caused the most civilian deaths in an Indian war in U.S. history and led to the execution of 38 Sioux warriors at Mankato, the largest mass execution in U.S. history. To commemorate this event Eagle Entertainment USA will offer a free 24 hour promotion worldwide of the ebook of "Blood on the Prairie - A Novel of the Sioux Uprising" on Kindle Select at Amazon. The buy link is here:

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Congratulations to Sven and Oles Books

Congratulations and a big thank you goes out to Sven at Sven and Oles Bookstore in New Ulm Minnesota for taking on a fresh supply of Blood on the Prairie - A Novel of the Sioux Uprising. Sven has the best reading around on the events of Minnesota's Great Sioux Uprising of 1862, the sesquicentennial of which we commemorate beginning this month. When in New Ulm stop in and say hi to Sven, he's a swell fellow, and peruse his bookshelves. If you can't make it to New Ulm in person, shop the store online at www.svenandolesbooks.com

Those looking for the ebook version of Blood on the Prairie - A Novel of the Sioux Uprising available exclusively here at Amazon, follow the link below.

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August 17th The Slaughter Begins

August 17th 1862 the Sioux massacre of Minnesota settlers began at Acton. Before it was over the casualty list was the highest for civilians in an Indian war in U.S. history. After it was over 38 Sioux warriors were hung on a large gallows at Mankato, the largest mass execution in U.S. history. We commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Dakota Conflict, honor all victims of the war, forgive our ancestors for their crimes, and support the reconciliation between the Dakota and white cultures.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Blood on the Prairie - A Novel of the Sioux Uprising, Dakota Conflict, American Civil War

53 ebook sales through Kindle and 25 borrows worldwide through the Amazon Lending Library so far this month. My sincere thanks to all who have made this happen.

August 1862 was the date of the Great Sioux Uprising in Minnesota. The historic sesquicentennial observance.is happening right now. We honor the memory of all victims of the Sioux Uprising, we forgive the crimes of our ancestors and we support the reconciliation long-sought by both cultures.

The link below takes you to the buy site at Amazon. This title is exclusive to Kindle and tells the story of  ordinary people like you and me caught up n anything but ordinary circumstances who cope with life as best they know how.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Blood on the Prairie - A Novel of the Sioux Uprising

If you'd like an autographed copy mailed directly to you, click on this link and get it off of Ebay. Thanks again for your marvelous support of this title. This is the year, and this is the month! Exactly 150 years ago this month the great Sioux uprising took place in Minnesota. The result? The greatest number of civilian deaths in an Indian war in U.S. history, and the largest mass execution in U.S. history.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Dakota Conflict, Blood on the Prairie A Novel of the Sioux Uprising, American Civil War

 Over 1300 ebooks of this title given away world-wide last week. Thank you for your continued interest in this title. August of 1862, exactly 150 years ago, saw the Dakota Conflict making Minnesota's prairies run red with blood. The Dakota Conflict caused the greatest number of civilian deaths in US history, and when it was over, 38 Sioux warriors were executed by hanging at Mankato, the largest mass execution in U.S. history. We honor the memory of all victims of the Dakota Conflict, or Great Sioux Uprising as it was called, and support the reconciliation long-sought by the Indian and white cultures. Read about it here.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Sioux Uprising, Dakota Conflict, American Civil War

 August 17th is just around the corner. August will be the end of the world for many. 2012 is the 150th anniversary of Minnesota's Great Sioux Uprising of 1862.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

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Blood on the Prairie - A Novel of the Sioux Uprising

2012 is the sesquicentennial year of Minnesota's great Sioux Uprising of 1862, which resulted in the most civilian deaths in and Indian War in U.S. history and the hanging of 38 Sioux warriors on a huge scaffold, the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Read about it in several different formats here.

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