"A Beautiful Place to Encamp"

"A Beautiful Place to Encamp" (HM1CTI)

Location: Morton, MN 56270 Renville County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 34.557', W 94° 58.59'

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"It was a beautiful place to encamp, but it proved an unfortunate one for us, as the enemy had the advantage both of the timber and hill for protection."
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To cover the largest possible area, the burial detail split into two groups on September 1. Anderson and his men went south of the Minnesota River, while a group headed by Capt. Hiram Grant scoured the land north of the river. The two groups rejoined at a campsite Grant chose. Despite Anderson's misgivings about the site, he and his men settled in for the night.

An Error in Judgment

"Everything indicated...that the Indians had all removed up to Yellow Medicine (near Upper Sioux Agency)," Anderson said about Grant's fateful choice of a campsite. Although many felt uneasy, the men camped where they had been assured no Dakota forces would attack.

Grant chose a site on level ground, close to trees and water, less than a half-mile from the road to Fort Ridgely—in a low-lying area open to gunfire.

Minnesota Historical Society
Birch Coulee Battlefield
Placed ByThe Minnesota Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 6:34pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 343076 N 4937745
Decimal Degrees44.57595000, -94.97650000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 34.557', W 94° 58.59'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 34' 33.42" N, 94° 58' 35.40" W
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Area Code(s)507
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 34747-34999 Co Hwy 2, Morton MN 56270, US
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