Battle Scars

Battle Scars (HM1CVS)

Location: Morton, MN 56270 Renville County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 34.613', W 94° 58.643'

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All our horses, both cavalry and transportation horses, were either killed or so badly wounded as to make them unfit for service."
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Tethered to wagons on the campsite's east side, most of the U.S. horses were killed early.

Most of the burial detail's food was gone by nightfall. The Minnesota River—their source of fresh water—was blocked by Dakota fire. "The men fought...without water and provisions," Anderson said, "except one-fourth of a hard cracker...and about one ounce of raw cabbage to a man and (they) joked (with) each other freely in regard to their 'heavy' diet."

"Rendered Useless"

"Quite a number of our arms, saddles and camp equipments were rendered useless by the destructive fire of the enemy," Anderson remembered.

The firearms that remained undamaged proved to be of limited value. After using up their first rounds of ammunition, the soldiers learned that a supply officer had sent bullets too large for their guns. The men lost time shaving down the oversized bullets.

Minnesota Historical Society
Birch Coulee Battlefield
Placed ByThe Minnesota Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 11:35am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 343008 N 4937851
Decimal Degrees44.57688333, -94.97738333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 34.613', W 94° 58.643'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 34' 36.78" N, 94° 58' 38.58" 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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