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Recollections of the Sioux Massacre; An Authentic History of the Yellow Medicine Incident, of the Fate of Marsh and His Men, of the Siege and Battles

Wall, Oscar Garrett

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1908. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... MAP SHOWING ROUTE OF THE SIBLEY EXPEDITION OF 1863, AS ADJUSTED TO THE DAKOTAS OF TO- DAY, THE EXPEDITION PASSING PRIN- CIPALLY OVER WHAT IS NOW NORTH DAKOTA per Reservation, with headquarters at the Yellow Medicine Agency, occupied by the Sissetons and Wahpaytons. It was the lower Indians who precipitated the outbreak, and though many of the upper Indians were involved, there were, however, many who were kept out of it through the influence of Standing Buffalo and other northern chiefs. Driven from the scenes of their awful depredations, the lower Indians retreated into the land of the Sissetons and Wahpaytons, much to the displeasure of the latter, and particularly to that portion of the latter who had refused to stain their hands with the blood of the whites. A civilized Indian, and one who did great service for the whites, when to do it imperiled his own life, gave it as his opinion that a very large number of the upper Indians resisted the temptations and entreaties of their lower brethren to join in the uprising. Some of the upper chiefs and many of the old and better disposed warriors were outspoken against the massacre, and these men, though unpopular with the less sturdy element, exerted a strong influence during the outbreak and later in the delivery to the authorities of the white captives. It has always been regretable that all the northern Indians were put upon practically the same basis by the Government in the prosecution of the campaigns of 1863-4. The decades that have since flown permit of a rational analysis of that bloody chapter in Minnesota history known as the Sioux Massacre. The whole Dakota race was under distrust. The Indians who were true at heart, and who against strong pressure from the dominant element, opposed the heartless massacr...

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