Battle Tactics

Battle Tactics (HM1CU3)

Location: Morton, MN 56270 Renville County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 34.546', W 94° 58.667'

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"It was concluded to surround the camp that night and attack it at daylight. We felt sure we could capture it."
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After the Dakota scouts spotted Anderson's men crossing the prairie, they were sent "to follow the movements of the soldiers, creeping across the prairie like so many ants," Wamditanka said. When the scouts reported that the U.S. soldiers were camped near Birch Coulee, the Dakota forces planned their attack. About 200 men, led by Wamditanka, Mankato, Zitkadaska, and Hushasha, moved in to surround the camp.

The Best We Could

Wamditanka did not support the Dakota decision to fight a war that he felt was a lost cause. "I did not have a very large band—not more than thirty or forty fighting men," he said. "Most of them were not for the war at first.... I said to my men that I would lead them into the war and we would all act like brave Dakotas and do the best we could."

Minnesota Historical Society
Birch Coulee Battlefield
HM NumberHM1CU3
Placed ByThe Minnesota Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 4:58am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 342973 N 4937727
Decimal Degrees44.57576667, -94.97778333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 34.546', W 94° 58.667'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 34' 32.76" N, 94° 58' 40.02" W
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Area Code(s)507
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 Co Hwy 18, Morton MN 56270, US
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