Fort Snelling

A Canoe Voyage up the Minnay Sotar: With an account of the lead and Cooper Deposits in Wisconsin; of the Gold Region in the Cherokee County; and Sketches of Popular Manners

Featherstonehaugh, George W.
Originally published in 1847, this second of two volumes of Featherstonhaugh's observations begins with the final four days of the 1835 journey back down the Minnesota River to Fort Snelling. The remainder of the book relates to travels outside the river valley.

Three Score Years and Ten,' Life-Long Memories of Fort Snelling, Minnesota, and Other Parts of the West

Van Cleve, Charlotte Ouisconsin
Written by the daughter of military officer, born on the journey west, this book addresses life at Fort Snelling, as well as experiences at military installations in other parts of the country. The author discusses the construction of the fort's facilities, interaction with American Indians, significant individuals (officers, their families, and visitors), and daily life at the fort (e.g., schooling, social events).

Fort Snelling: Anchor Post of the Northwest.

Ziebarth, Marilyn
This publication explored the history of Fort Snelling, ranging from its early role as the region's first military post, to its subsequent roles as a supply depot and rendezvous point for Civil War troops, to its more recent transformation into an archaeological site and state historical park. Significant individuals in the fort's history are identified; including Pike, Long, Leavenworth and Snelling, and major events are described. Numerous photographs and sketches illustrate the text.

Citadel in the Wilderness: The Story of Fort Snelling and the Old Northwest Frontier

Jones, Evan
This book explores the history of Fort Snelling and the major individuals and events associated with it, drawing on primary sources such as the writings of Taliaferro, Beltrami, Leavenworth, and Snelling. The author discusses such issues as interactions between the military and American Indian tribes, the role of the fort in fur trading, and missionary activities. Lists of sources for each chapter are provided, and drawings illustrate the text.

The Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike: To the Headwaters of the Mississippi River, Through Louisiana Territory, and in New Spain, During the Years 1805-6-7

Coues , Elliot
Originally published in 1810, these volumes present observations from Pike's military explorations into the Louisiana Purchase territory during the first decade of the nineteenth century. The first of these trips was from St. Louis up the Mississippi River to its headwaters, for the purpose of siting military posts and negotiating with Indian tribes. Although Pike traveled only a short distance up the Minnesota River from its mouth, this edition includes several extensive editorial notes on the history of the discovery of the river and the various European and Indian names for it.

The Man with the Red Umbrella: Giacomo Constantino Beltrami in America

Miceli, Augusto P
This book presents the travels and experiences of Giacomo Beltrami in the U.S. in the nineteenth century. Among his many journeys, this Italian soldier, scholar, and world traveler accompanied Major Stephen Long on an 1823 expedition up the St. Peter's (Minnesota) River from Fort Snelling to its source. Beltrami's glowing descriptions of the river valley and his observations of its Indian inhabitants are presented in this volume.

Early Days at Fort Snelling

Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society
Drawing primarily from accounts in an 1852 book on pioneer women, this article explores life at Fort Snelling during the first several years following its establishment in 1819. Viewed from the perspective military officers' wives, descriptions cover such topics as climate and weather, food, housing, encounters with Indians, and the building of the fort.

Dahcotah; or Life and Legends of the Sioux Around Fort Snelling

Eastman, Mary
Written by the wife of a U.S. Army officer, this book describes various customs, activities, ceremonies, and legends of the Sioux Indians living near Fort Snelling in the 1840s. The author addresses such aspects as the role of women in the tribes, dances and feasts, village governance, medicinal practices, language, and religious beliefs. Several drawings illustrate the text.

The Dakota or Sioux in Minnesota As They Were in 1834

Pond, Samuel W
Originally published in 1908, this book was written by a missionary who worked in Dakota settlements in the Minnesota River Valley near Fort Snelling, at Lac Qui Parle, an near Fort Ridgely. Pond's observations encompass a wide range of social and cultural aspects, including tools and weapons, hunting, agriculture, government, language and writing, music, religion, feasts and dances, the condition of women, and medicinal practices.


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