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Research welcome on US-Dakota War

May 19, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

The Lifestyle section of The Journal really brings different aspects of our community to life and helps us appreciate the talent in our midst. This last weeks Sunday edition (May 13, 2012) was true to this concept. I appreciate that The Journal brought attention to original research on the Sioux Uprising that had been accomplished by local people. Research on this topic was sorely needed to help fill in the missing pieces of the event.

John Isch and Darla Gebhard are to be commended for doing such extensive and original searching which must have been unbelievably challenging. It appears the authors left no stones unturned to produce Eight Days in August. Previously so little was known about the settlers who were killed during the conflict, or even the number of those who perished.

The Dakota Trials by John Isch should help us to follow the "other side of the coin" by tracing the Dakota who had been pardoned by Abraham Lincoln, as well as the future of their families. Both authors should be commended for their professionalism and for leaving judgments up to the readers. No doubt there are many of us who look forward to reading these books when they are published.

Another gifted researcher in our midst is John LaBatte who deserves coverage as well. He has extensive knowledge about the Dakotas who resisted warfare and those like Red Iron who spoke out in defense of settlers who had been held captive. He also can shed much light on the Dakota who were taken to Fort Snelling afterwards. Since he had relatives among the Dakota on both sides of the Conflict, he has insights worth sharing.

Those who have an interest in an update on the US-Dakota War of 1862 need look no further than New Ulm.

Frederick Wulff

New Ulm



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