by Curtis A. Dahlin HARDCOVER, over 200 pages of images & history of the U.S. – Dakota War of 1862 guiding you to the monuments throughout Minnesota and other areas. First guidebook of its kind since the publication of the 1909 Monuments & Tablets published by the defunct Minnesota Valley Historical Society! Hardcover, 8 1/2″ x 11″, 210 pages, full color!
The Upper Minnesota River Valley was the epicenter of the war. Some 400 of the 650 settlers who were killed were within three miles of the Minnesota River. Up to 100 Dakota warriors were killed, and 38 Dakota were hanged at Mankato on December 26, 1862. Few people today know that the war was the largest clash between settlers and Indians since the nation was founded in 1776. In addition, it was the largest battle for a fort (Ridgely), and the largest battle for a town (New Ulm).
The book contains ratings for each site. They are three-star – Must See; two-star – Should See, and one-star – Could See. Broad areas, such as the Lower Sioux Agency, are also given ratings. There are 31 maps showing the location of the sites, while each respective narrative has specific directions to the site and GPS readings for each site.
Included in the book are about 250 color photographs of sites where there are historical markers, gravestones or period buildings. A brief summary of what is at each site is given, along with an “Especially Keep in Mind” feature. There are many gravestones in the book.