Little Crow: Terror spreads across the prairie

  • Article by: CURT BROWN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 15, 2012 - 8:38 PM

Little Crow's men hand white leaders one humiliation after another, killing hundreds of settlers and soldiers. But his control of the war begins to slip.

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neilgdAug. 15, 12 8:47 PM

The fact that this story has been on line all day and yet has no comments, speaks volumes in and of itself. There isn't much one can say other than that this was a very sad chapter in our history and there really were no winners, very well written story. Painful as it is, it should not be forgotten.

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elmslieAug. 15, 1211:30 PM

"Terror Spreads" yet no mention of the atrocities committed on August 18. Milford township alone suffered the worst death toll in any given day of the uprising..53 settlers, many of them unarmed women and children, even babies, were murdered. Surprise attacks and ruses that led the men into ambush spread throughout the Valley that day. There was no defense until Fort Ridgely and New Ulm were attacked later in the week.

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stanbobAug. 16, 1212:40 AM

Nice that you could finally find the space to mention Lake Shetek.

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starsailingAug. 16, 1212:57 PM

elmslie...you are correct. I have posted twice and denied to address your issue. This is part of the history that has to be ignored because of the gruesome stories. We are allowed to discuss that 38 Dakota were hanged, but not able to discuss how women and children were killed. These stories make everyone cry. There was a meeting a few years back where these stories on both sides were discussed. There was great sorrow afterwards because both sides said they did not know each others stories. Only knew what was handed down by relatives. So if not told here?....Where and when?

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griffinmythAug. 24, 12 7:16 PM

starsailing--just the opposite is true. For 150 years we all learned about attacks by "savage" natives on white settlers and the horrific atrocities they perpetrated. It was part of the very core of all of the mythic stories told about the West, of all of the classic Western movies (Stagecoach, Fort Apache, Wagon Master, The Searchers, How the West Was Won, etc., etc.). It is only very recently (the last 15-20 years?) that we have heard anything at all about the potential injustices of the 38 Dakota that were hanged, or have begun to consider the plight of Native Americans within the larger historical context of European colonization.

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