Sioux Uprising of 1862

A Frontier Fort at Peacetime

Smith , Hubert G.
This article discusses Fort Ridgely, concentrating on its lesser known history before and after the Sioux Uprising of 1862. Built in 1853, along the Minnesota River upriver from present-day New Ulm, the fort was intended to provide military protection for the Upper Minnesota River following the Sioux treaties of 1851. The author describes daily life at the fort, relying on primary sources including letters, reports, and journals.

The Minnesota: Forgotten River

Jones, Evan
Part of the "Rivers of America" series, this book explores such aspects of the Minnesota River as its glacial history, early native inhabitants, French and English exploration, steamboat travel, the founding of towns, agricultural settlement, and the Sioux Uprising of 1862. Presented in an anecdotal style, the focus of the book is primarily on historical figures (e.g., explorers, Indians, and politicians) and social, economic, cultural, and military events that occurred along the river.

The Sioux Uprising of 1862

Carley, Kenneth
Examining the 1862 conflict between the Sioux Indians and white settlers in the Minnesota Valley, this work covers such issues as the causes of the uprising, specific attack s and battles, the surrender, and its aftermath. Illustrated with numerous photographs and drawings, the book also includes an extensive list sources.

A Neglected Cause of the Sioux Uprising

Henig , Gerald S
After discussing briefly the larger causes of the 1862 Sioux Uprising, including unfair treaties an the loss fo Sioux lands, the author goes on to explore the idea that the U.S. Civil War played a role in convincing the Sioux to rebel. He suggests that the Civil War demonstrated that the authority of the Union could be challenged and, in addition, that many of the "able-bodied" men in the valley had enlisted, leaving citizens who might be viewed as more vulnerable to attack.

The Streams and Rivers of Minnesota

Waters, Thomas F.
Organized by Minnesota's major watersheds, this book provides useful information on such aspects of the state's rivers as geological origins, ecological characteristics, and historical events. The chapter on the Minnesota River includes a discussion of the Sioux Uprising of 1862, the formation of the valley by the Glacial River Warren, notable natural characteristics of the river, primary tributaries, early exploration, fish and wildlife, and recreational uses.
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