Dakota Positions

Dakota Positions (HM1CV6)

Location: Morton, MN 56270 Renville County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 34.583', W 94° 58.742'

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"We had no difficulty in surrounding the camp. The pickets were only a little way from it."
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No soldiers would have attempted to climb this hill during the battle. But by standing here today, you can get a sense of Dakota positions.

Wamditanka and his band were behind this hill. Meanwhile, "Red Legs took his men into the coulie (sic) east of the camp. Mankato had some of his men in the coulie and some on the prairie. Gray Bird and his men were mostly on the prairie."

"An Easy Time of It"

Dakota men could eat and rest during the battle, unlike their U.S. counterparts. "We had an easy time of it," said Wamditanka. "We could crawl through the grass and into the coulie (sic) and get water when we wanted it, and after a few hours our women crossed the river and came up near the bluff and cooked for us, and we could go back and eat and then return to the fight."

Minnesota Historical Society
Birch Coulee Battlefield
HM NumberHM1CV6
Placed ByThe Minnesota Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 6:04pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 342876 N 4937798
Decimal Degrees44.57638333, -94.97903333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 34.583', W 94° 58.742'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 34' 34.98" N, 94° 58' 44.52" W
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Area Code(s)507
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-62 Co Hwy 18, Morton MN 56270, US
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