The Battle Ends

The Battle Ends (HM1CW6)

Location: Morton, MN 56270 Renville County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 34.605', W 94° 58.551'

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On the second day of the fight, we were reinforced...which ended one of the hardest and best fought battles known."
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Early in the afternoon of September 3, the U.S. forces heard two cannon blasts coming from the east. Could help be near? When reinforcements failed to appear, they gave up hope.

Several hours later, troops from Fort Ridgely finally arrived. The Dakota forces spotted the troops, ceased fire, and vanished. After 36 hours, the Battle of Birch Coulee was over.

"We Could Have Taken the Camp"

According to Wamditanka, the Dakota men had a plan to charge the campsite: "During the fight the whites had thrown up breastworks, but they were not very high and we could easily have jumped over them. We could have taken the camp, I think."

The Dakota leaders changed their plans when they spotted U.S. reinforcements. Mankato and about 50 Dakota men rushed toward the reinforcements, stopping them in their tracks for several hours. When additional U.S. troops moved in, however, the Dakota headed south across the Minnesota River to their old villages, and then upriver to Yellow Medicine.

Minnesota Historical Society
Birch Coulee Battlefield
HM NumberHM1CW6
Placed ByThe Minnesota Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 11:22am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 343130 N 4937833
Decimal Degrees44.57675000, -94.97585000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 34.605', W 94° 58.551'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 34' 36.30" N, 94° 58' 33.06" 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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