A Second Wave of Attacks

A Second Wave of Attacks (HM1CXP)

Location: Fairfax, MN 55332 Nicollet County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 27.157', W 94° 44.11'

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The Dakota plan of attack on August 22 was the same as on the 20th—a volley of three shots from the north, followed by a rush of warriors from the east, south, and west. The plan was disrupted again when a mail carrier was spotted on the New Ulm road. Warriors positioned by the road killed the carrier with three shots. Mistaking the shots for a signal, Dakota on the south and west launched a premature attack. Despite this mishap, the fighting was fierce.

Tasina Wakanhdi (Lightning Blanket) recalled that "During the day many small buildings were burned, and we tried to burn the big ones with fire arrows." The warriors moved into the fort's stables and sutler's store, but those buildings went up in flames after they were shelled. After several hours, the attack began to falter. The warriors were divided in their opinions. Some wanted to wage another battle, while others wanted to attack New Ulm again for the spoils.

The sutler's store that Tasina Wakanhdi refers to stood west of the post in the direction you are facing. The stable, which also burned on August 22, was south of the fort.

Minnesota Historical Society
Fort Ridgely
Series This marker is part of the Minnesota Historical Society series, and the Minnesota: Fort Ridgely Interpretive Series series.
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceBattlefield, Fort, Military Installation, Monument, Park
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassNeither
Marker StyleFree Standing
Placed ByMinnesota Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 5:24am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 361946 N 4923610
Decimal Degrees44.45261667, -94.73516667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 27.157', W 94° 44.11'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 27' 9.4200" N, 94° 44' 6.6000" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)507
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3199 Co Hwy 30, Fairfax MN 55332, US
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