This year marks the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 in Minnesota. Many commemorative events and tours will be offered. I've started a Facebook page to both look at the event and to list interpretive events this year.
I've lived in Minnesota since around 2003 and am very interested in this part of the state's history. I had to wander upon some monuments to first discover what took place. Then, I had questions! And few people I asked knew of the history.
As I started gathering information for myself, I figured I could just as well make it public, for all to learn about this conflict that, looking back, is perhaps not well known since the Civil War also was being fought at the same time and involved most of the U.S.
Also, many men from the area where I live where in this conflict. One commander from the town where I now live (Marsh) died at the Redwood Ferry Crossing near the Lower Sioux Agency. Another from a neighboring town - just a young boy with mumps (Gere) - was then left in charge of Fort Ridgely due to that death. (An area man is writing a play on this, which will premiere in Chatfield, MN in mid-August.)
Please feel free to take a look and join and comment. It's my feeling you could say that this war (now considered the proper reference to it) is where the Plains Indian Wars started.
The FB site is called "U.S.-Dakota War (Conflict, Uprising) of 1862." Here's a link:https://www.facebook.com/groups/268370843241115/