Dakota War Anniversaries 16 Aug 12

Saturday marks the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the US-Dakota War of 1862 in southern Minnesota, and numerous events are commemorating the conflict. In Brown County, new historical markers will be dedicated this weekend prior to next week’s anniversary events. For information on the marker and cemetery dedications, visit the website www.browncountydakotawarcommemoration.com or stop by the Brown County Museum in New Ulm. The war began on August 18th, 1862, at the Lower Sioux Agency in Morton. The anniversary of the first strike on the City of New Ulm is Sunday, and of the first battle at Fort Ridgely on Monday. Hundreds were killed in the 6 weeks of fighting, and the Dakota were exiled from their homeland. The History Center at the Lower Sioux Agency will be open extended hours all weekend as well for those who want to learn more.