"A Cloud of Barbed Arrows"

"A Cloud of Barbed Arrows" (HM1R6E)

Location: Staples, MN 56479 Wadena County
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Country: United States of America
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N 46° 25.124', W 94° 49.652'

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Near this spot, in 1783, a young Ojibwe boy named Esh-ke-bug-e-coshe (Flatmouth) crouched behind a trading post's log barricade on this wah de nah (sloping or little round hill) while Dakota arrows fell "as thick as snowflakes" around him.

A Frenchman known today only as Ah-wish-to-yah (blacksmith) had ventured into this area - the heart of the best hunting grounds claimed by the Dakota - seeking beaver pelts and other wild game.

Flatmouth survived to later describe to historian William Warren that winter day when 200 "Dakota bravely crossed the stream on the ice" to attack French voyageurs and Ojibwe hunters encamped here with Ah-wish-to-yah.

But the Dakota's "cloud of barbed arrows" were no match for musket balls fired by the French and Ojibwe. It is said that the Dakota, after running out of arrows, buried their dead beneath the river's ice before leaving the area.

Some people believe this incident gave modern day Wadena its name.
HM NumberHM1R6E
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Date Added Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 359562 N 5142196
Decimal Degrees46.41873333, -94.82753333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 25.124', W 94° 49.652'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 25' 7.44" N, 94° 49' 39.12" W
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Area Code(s)218
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Old Wadena Cir, Staples MN 56479, US
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