Colonel Josiah Snelling

Colonel Josiah Snelling (HMB9M)

Location: Minneapolis, MN 55111 Hennepin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 53.529', W 93° 11.072'

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1782 - 1828

— Soldier · Pioneer · Builder —

An Appreciation

He served with distinction in the Indian wars of the old northwest border and in the War of 1812. In August, 1820, he assumed command of the Fifth United States Infantry at Camp Coldwater on the site of Fort Snelling. Selecting the bluffs at the junction of the rivers for the construction of Fort St. Anthony, he laid the cornerstone September 10, 1820, and built the stone fort which for years was the Nation's strongest outpost on the Western Frontier. As a compliment to him the War Department changed the name of the fortification to Fort Snelling.

As a soldier he was a true leader of men, loyal to his country and his superiors; as a pioneer he raised the flag of authority in a lawless wilderness and as a builder he erected more than stone walls for he laid the foundations of civilization in the Northwest.

Erected by the Garrison of Fort Snelling
Colonel W. E. Welsh, Commanding
HM NumberHMB9M
Year Placed1928
Placed ByThe Garrison of Fort Snelling
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 3:11am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 485428 N 4970986
Decimal Degrees44.89215000, -93.18453333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 53.529', W 93° 11.072'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 53' 31.74" N, 93° 11' 4.32" W
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Area Code(s)612, 651
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4500-4598 Fort Snelling State Trail, Minneapolis MN 55111, US
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