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LaBatte discusses accuracy of historical accounts of U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

August 16, 2013

NEW ULM — A descendant of great-grandparents involved in all sides of the U.S....

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Nusenior

Aug-16-13 10:55 AM

The Dakota war was tragedy started by rumors. I’m a descendant of settlers from Milford twp.,from my family oral history. The farmers in Milford Twp often hired Dakota from the lower agency to work on their farms, paying them with food. In this history the day before members of the Dakota attacked Milford Twp. My Great Grandmother gave a half a loaf of bread to a Dakota man,who told her his children were starving. The next day that man was among the those who attacked Milford twp. My Great Grandmother died that day.The member of the Dakota community were mislead,by many in inside and out of the community, that the Army was being sent to kill them all. Had I been at the lower agency I would have take up arms knowing it was better to die fighting.

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