Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review of "Blood on the Prairie A Novel of the Sioux Uprising" by Johnny Boggs, WWA Award Winning Author

"Steven M. Ulmen deftly blends elements of the traditional western novel with sound historical research to create a fast-moving and strikingly rich account of one of the West's most overlooked events: the 1862 Sioux Uprising in Minnesota." Johnny D. Boggs, three-time Spur Award winning author of NORTHFIELD and CAMP FORD.

Minnesota's Great Sioux Uprising sesquicentennial anniversary was in 2012.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Video Summary of Dakota Conflict, Sioux Uprising, American Civil War

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

CBS News Assignment America of Larry Bauer-Scandin, author of "Faces on the Clock"


This news video by Steve Hartman earned Larry Bauer-Scandin the title of "Father of the Year." He wrote a book about his career as a professional foster parent to troubled youth. This inspiring book is available in both paperback and Ebook. Enjoy!

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We found Mathias Ulmen, but not his brother, John Ulmen Blood on the Prairie, Sioux Uprising, Dakota Conflict, Civil War



This listing from Calvary cemetery, Mankato, MN documents the burial of Mathias Ulmen, my great-great uncle. The John Ulmen buried in the same plot is not my great great grandfather, however. My great-great grandfather was born in 1817 and died in 1884, whereas the John Ulmen buried in the family plot died in 1918. The was of the next generation and may have been one of Mathias's children, as Mathias had not one but two children named John. For the purpose the book "Blood on the Prairie A Novel of the Sioux Uprising" it is Uncle Mathias who is featured, not his older brother, Grandfather John. 

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Ancestor Mathias Ulmen has been found. Blood on the Prairie, Sioux Uprising, Dakota Conflict, American Civil War

Mathias Ulmen was my great, great, uncle, his brother Johannes being my great, great grandfather. Mathias was a businessman in Mankato in 1862 at the time of the great Sioux Uprising, or Dakota Conflict, and had a hotel within sight of the execution of the 38 Sioux warriors on December 26, 1862. Mathias Ulmen is featured in the book, "Blood on the Prairie - A Novel of the Sioux Uprising." We found the final resting place of Mathias, his wife, Elizabeth, and three other ancestors in Calvary Cemetery in Mankato this weekend. A picture of the tombstone is attached. What a marvelous find for the Ulmen clan! Can any of you read German? If so, let me know and I'll send through the epitaph from Mathias's tombstone.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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

My name is Steve Ulmen, author of the historical fiction "Blood on the Prairie A Novel of the Sioux Uprising." I grew up in Mankato Minnesota and my ancestors settled here before the Civil War. They were on hand to witness the largest mass execution in U.S. history when, on December 26, 1862, by order of President Abraham Lincoln, 38 Sioux warriors were executed for their role in Minnesota's Great Sioux Uprising of 1862. This Indian war caused the deaths of more civilian settlers, non-combatants, of any Indian war in U.S. history. Read the story in the format of your choice at the link below:

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Blood on the Prairie Midwest Book Review September 2012

"The Native Peoples of the United States could take only so much from the world. Blood  on the Prairie is a novel set against this theater of the American Civil war, where the Sioux Nation rebelled against Minnesota and led to some of the bloodiest conflicts of the period. Author Steven Ulmen draws on his own personal history to tell the story of the conflict. Blood on the Prairie is a strong pick for fans of historical fiction, recommended. JOHN BURROUGHS, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW, SEPTEMBER 2012

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Conclusion: Chapter 1 "Hawkins County" A Novel of the 1970s - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The sheriff felt like arresting Stacey for Obstructing Legal Process as he threatened to do, but he changed his mind. The Hawkins County jail was two beds shy of being full, and he wanted to hold those two beds open for emergencies. Besides, he would probably end up fumigating the holding cell to get rid of the lice if he did lock up the old drunk. Instead, he got into the squad car and sat there watching the exchange between the two men. He planned to arrest Stacey, however, lice or no lice, if he got violent and took a poke at the probation officer - something Stacey occasionally enjoyed doing.

"California!" Ken snorted. "That's pure hogwash and you know it."

"Honest Ken, if I'm lying I'm dying," Stacey said, raising his hand in a solemn oath. "You know how much I respect you law dogs and the fine job you do protecting us folks from all the riff-raff that are lurking in Hawkins County. Why, I couldn't find it in my heart to lie to the likes of you. I don't know who you thought you saw outside, but it obviously wasn't my boy."

Rather than argue any more, which he knew was futile, Ken waved the old man away. He walked to the squad car, opened the door, and as an afterthought said, "That's okay, O'Connor, you'll get what's coming to you. Today, tomorrow, next week, it's just a question of time. Pat can't stay hidden forever." He glared at Stacey. "But it's on your head if anything happens to him in the meantime or if he gets sick living out here like this."

The sheriff clicked the Mercury's bullhorn. "We'll be back, O'Connor, and we will catch Pat. You can bet your bottom dollar on that." Thus said, Connie turned the squad car, and he and Ken headed down the rutted driveway.

"That'll be the day," Stacey muttered. He strode out into the driveway and took another swig out of the pint as he watched the two officers depart. "I done learned Pat better 'n that."

Pat hid in the leaf pile until he saw the Mercury drive past him and continue down the road. When the squad car was out of sight, he stood up. Staring at the dust arising off the gravel, he raised his arms imploringly and shouted, "What do you want? I ain't a thief, I don't drink or do dope, I try to help my dad...what do you expect from a kid, anyway?" It really bothered him that Connie and Ken hated him so, expecially since he never did anything to hurt them. He felt the emotion build in his chest, and as he walked back toward the house, he wiped the tears from his eyes. (end of chapter 1)

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Serialization: "Hawkins County" Chapter 1 - the 1970s - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Ken watched him disappear into the woods and then banged his head on the sill as he pulled his head back inside the window. "Ouch! Damn it all, that hurts," he said. While walking back downstairs, he wondered how many more bumps his head could take, and it was so sore that he was still rubbing it when he got to the porch and met up with Stacey. Rather than speak to the grinning man, he walked outside to the squad car where Connie was already waiting.

Stacey, however, felt like getting in a few more digs, so he took another swig from his pint and followed Ken to the squad. The German shepherd, now out of view behind the house, began to bark and growl again.

"Too bad Killer's chained up," Stacey said. "He'd a-given you two assholes quite a welcome."

First Pat got away, then he banged his head, and now the old man was giving them a ration of crap. "What kind of a father are you anyway?" Ken said. "You ornery old drunk, you never send Pat to school, and you live out here in this dump like so much trash."

Stacey met Ken's gaze. "I do my best."

"Your best!" Ken spit on the ground. "O'Connor, you ruined your own life and now you're letting your son do the same to his." He paused a moment as he glanced around the yard and at the sheriff. "But then, why the heck should I care? In a few weeks I'll be leaving Hawkins County, and the very first thing I'm going to do," he jabbed his finger at Stacey, "the very first thing, is forget the O'Connor clan ever existed. You can rot to death out here if that's what you're bound and determined to do." He motioned toward the house. "The way it smells in there, you probably will, too. I got half a notion to report you to the Hawkins County Public Health Department."

Making the probation officer come unglued was the highlight of Stacey's day, causing him to break out in raucous laughter. "Gee, I'm sure going to miss our little visits, Ken, but as you can plainly see, Pat ain't here." He shrugged his shoulders. "He ain't been for some time. I sent him out to California to live with his sister, Clarice." Looking at Connie and back at Ken again, he took another swig from his pint. "Now I'll thank the two of you to make tracks off my property." (to be continued)

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Serialization: "Hawkins Couunty" Chapter 1 - The 1970s - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

When he got to the back side of the tree, Pat glanced at the two officers before jumping onto the hillside and climbing the last few feet to the top of the bluff. He continued to run through the trees until he reached a spot that was close enough to the road but hidden from it by brush. From there, he could see whatever was moving on the road but the reverse was not possible. He collapsed into a bed of soft leaves he piled up there a while ago and rolled over onto his back, breathing heavily. (to be continued)

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