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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • CAUSES OF THE US/DAKOTA WAR OF 1862

  • The program on August 18, 2012 will begin at 1:00 in the Fort Ridgely historic commissary building. At 2:30 Mr. Labatte will present a Battlefield Tour of the August 1862 battles on Fort Ridgely parade ground.     The causes of the US/Dakota War in 1862 were many and complicate...
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  • The program on August 18, 2012 will begin at 1:00 in the Fort Ridgely historic commissary building. At 2:30 Mr. Labatte will present a Battlefield Tour of the August 1862 battles on Fort Ridgely parade ground.  
     
    The causes of the US/Dakota War in 1862 were many and complicated.  Historian John LaBatte will examine why some Dakota Indians wanted war while others opposed war. At least 9 of John's Dakota and white ancestors were involved in the US/Dakota War in 1862.  
     
    Historic Fort Ridgely is recognized by the National Park Service as a National Battlefield and is listed twice on the National Register of Historic Places.
     
    Fort Ridgely State Historic Site is now open Thursday through Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Fort Ridgely is located within the State Park, 7 miles south of Fairfax and 11 miles north of Sleepy Eye on MN Hwy 4.
     
    There is an admission charge for events and exhibit. Minnesota Historical Society and Nicollet County Historical Society members receive free admission. A state park vehicle sticker is required for all. Please call 507-426-7888 or 507-934-2160 for further information.
     
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