Dakota Dawn: The Decisive First Week of the Sioux Uprising, August 17-24, 1862

Dakota Dawn The Decisive First Week of the Sioux Uprising August In August of hundreds of Dakota warriors opened without warning a murderous rampage against settlers and soldiers in southern Minnesota The vortex of the Dakota Uprising along the Minnesota Rive

  • Title: Dakota Dawn: The Decisive First Week of the Sioux Uprising, August 17-24, 1862
  • Author: Gregory F. Michno
  • ISBN: 9781932714999
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In August of 1862, hundreds of Dakota warriors opened without warning a murderous rampage against settlers and soldiers in southern Minnesota The vortex of the Dakota Uprising along the Minnesota River encompassed thousands of people in what was perhaps the greatest massacre of whites by Indians in American history To read about the fast paced and unpredictable flood ofIn August of 1862, hundreds of Dakota warriors opened without warning a murderous rampage against settlers and soldiers in southern Minnesota The vortex of the Dakota Uprising along the Minnesota River encompassed thousands of people in what was perhaps the greatest massacre of whites by Indians in American history To read about the fast paced and unpredictable flood of killing and destruction is to discover heartrending emotion, irony, tragedy, cowardice, and heroism from unexpected quarters Previous attempts to sort out individual experiences and place the events in a coherent chronological and geographical order have enjoyed little success Award winning author Gregory F Michno s Dakota Dawn The Decisive First Week of the Sioux Uprising, August 17 24, 1862 offers an essential clarity and vivid portrait that readers will find refreshing and invigorating.Dakota Dawn focuses in great detail on the first week of the killing spree, a great paroxysm of destruction when the Dakota succeeded, albeit fleetingly, in driving out the white man During those seven days at least 400 white settlers were killed, the great majority innocent victims slaughtered in the most shocking manner Nowhere else in the Western United States was there a record of such sustained attacks against a fort Ridgely or upon a town New Ulm After soldiers put down the uprising, hundreds of Dakotas were captured and put before military tribunals with little or no opportunity to present a fair defense 38 were hanged on one massive gallows on December 26, 1862.Michno s research includes select secondary studies and 2,000 pages of primary sources including recollections, original records, diaries, newspaper accounts, and other archival records One seldom used resource is the Indian Depredation Claim files After the uprising, settlers filed nearly 3,000 claims for damages in which they itemized losses and set forth their experiences These priceless documents paint firsthand slices of the life of a frontier people, their cabins, tools, clothes, crops, animals, and cherished possessions Many of these claims have never been incorporated into a book Michno s use of them allows him to fully expound on various episodes and correct previous misconceptions Richly illustrated with 42 contemporary and modern photos and illustrations and accompanied by 19 original maps, Dakota Dawn now stands as the definitive account of one of the most important and previously misunderstood events in American history.About the Author Award winning author Gregory F Michno is a Michigan native and the author of three dozen articles and ten books dealing with World War II and the American West, including Lakota Noon Battle at Sand Creek The Encyclopedia of Indian Wars The Deadliest Indian War in the West and Circle the Wagons Greg helped edit and appeared in the DVD history The Great Indian Wars 1540 1890 He lives in Colorado, with his wife SusanVIEWS In Dakota Dawn, Gregory F Michno expertly chronicles one of the bloodiest weeks in American history the appalling opening days of Minnesota s 1862 Dakota Indian Outbreak His is a powerful interpretation of immediate horrific tragedy laced with implications for future Indian white relations throughout the West Michno s history is always thorough, riveting, and enlightening Jerome A Greene, author of Beyond Bear s Paw The Nez Perce Indians in Canada, and Indian War Veterans Memories of Army Life and Campaigns in the West, 1864 1898 This superb new book by today s best Indian Wars historian examines the bloody first week of the conflict that killed whites and Native Americans than any other in the Western Indian Wars Jerry Morelock, Editor, Armchair General Greg Michno has immersed himself in the sources documenting the Minnesota Sioux uprising of 1862 This is new terrain for him, but he brings his usual skills in research and narrative presentation to present an outstanding history of this significant event Robert M Utley, Award winning author and former Chief Historian for the National Park Service breath taking detail provides a fascinating insight into frontier life at the time Miniature Wargames provides a detailed account of the massacre The events are organized by location rather than chronologically This approach allows for continuity within the discussion of the members of a community that either escaped or were killed To help the reader follow along with the violence in each community, Michno includes several maps at the beginning of the book These maps are indispensable in understanding the events in the context of the area a good description of the 1862 uprising The reader gets a better understanding of Indian white relations and why the Indians were forced to defend their lifestyle Collected Miscellany

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    1 thought on “Dakota Dawn: The Decisive First Week of the Sioux Uprising, August 17-24, 1862”

    1. This is an ugly book on an ugly subject. The subject is the Dakota Uprising of 1862 in which hundreds of Minnesota settlers were killed in their homes and fields, following which hundreds of Dakota Indians were exiled to Crow Creek Reservation, where upwards of 1,000 men, women and children died from starvation and exposure. Like I said: ugly. It was a nasty, brutal conflict that disregarded age and gender, that pitted culture against culture, and that turned mercy into weakness. The subject’s [...]

    2. I have to say this was one of the best books about the Dakota War/Uprising that I’ve read. Mr. Michno chronicles the terrible events of August 17-24 (and a few years prior and after.) I found the book hard to put down as we learn how different farm families were attacked and whether they survived or not. It is pretty brutal to read, so not for the faint of heart. Having heard about this topic since I was a kid (my great great great Grandfather was killed in the 2nd Battle of New Ulm) this is t [...]

    3. This book is challenging because it set's the American Indian wars in a history with Europe and European monarchy far before the government of the U.S. was ready to start treaty making. At the same time it demonstrates how ready the U.S. was ready to make treaties that neither could be fulfilled nor acted upon. The history of U.S. relations with tribes of Native Americans in the 19th century is little more than a series of lies. This book documents how that resulted in a violent episode that was [...]

    4. I enjoyed this well-researched, detailed book. I have read several works by Michno, and he does not disappoint. I sometimes had difficulty keeping track of what was happening where and to whom. I wish the dates would have been repeated more often throughout the text and that a map of modern day Minnesota had been included reflecting where and when the events took place. Hats off to the author for tackling a subject unknown to most.

    5. A very well researched book, to the point that it became difficult to read due to the lack of flow which gave way to monotonous in depth facts and statistics. That being said I would recommend it to anyone interested in studying in depth details of the first week of the Dakota War of 1862.

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