The End Of The Dakota War 24 Sep 12

Sunday marked the 150th anniversary of the end of the US-Dakota War. The Battle of Wood Lake took place on September 23rd, 1862. By then, the Native American offensive had slowed considerably, and Minnesota forces under the command of Colonel Henry Hastings Sibley were beginning to implement a plan to free settlers held captive by the Indians and to drive the Dakota from the state. The battle took place near Battle Lake, about 5 miles north of what is now Echo. Sibley’s guide thought they were at Wood Lake, which was about three miles to the west, so the battle was actually misnamed. The battle lasted about two hours, and was a decisive victory for the US, with heavy casualties inflicted on the Dakota. Because of the high losses and the death of Chief Mankato the battle was the last fought by the Indians in the uprising, and led to the release of those held captive by the Dakota and their surrender at Camp Release. For his part in the battle, Sibley was promoted to Brigadier General. The surviving Dakota were removed from the area in November, and the execution of 38 Dakota men took place on December 26th of 1862 in Mankato