Monthly Archives: August 2012

Thomas J. Galbraith Defends Himself: September 12, 1862

St. Paul Daily Press April 26, 1861. Galbraith was in Washington D.C. giving his bond as Sioux Agent on April 12, 1861 when the Confederates opened fire on Fort Sumter, prompting recruiting notices like this one in newspapers across the North. … Continue reading

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Thomas J. Galbraith, Believe It or Not

  Lobby card for the movie, Titanic, 1953. Twentieth Century Fox. “Based on the actual logs and incidences and persons aboard the doomed ship, screenwriters Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch and Richard Breen came up with an Academy Awarding winning Best Writing, … Continue reading

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What’s Pocahontas Got To Do With It?

The subjects of Zabelle Stodola’s talk, “Mary Schwandt and Maggie Brass (Snana): A Minnesota Pocahontas Story?” Kris Wiley of the Traverse des Sioux Library System has been coordinating a summer-long speaker series on the Dakota War which culminated Friday August 24, … Continue reading

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Two New Dakota War Letters

page 1 of the Emeline Foot Blood letter in the Clements Library at the University of Michigan linked below It will be a long time until digital history replaces traditional archival research (if it ever does). Not because paper is … Continue reading

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“Cincapi” means “children”

Last week I was honored to get a fat manila envelope in the mail from a new friend at Sisseton. The envelope contained a host of treasures, including copies of files showing that the Bureau of Indian Affairs recognized one … Continue reading

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“Let Them Eat Grass” Revisited

Andrew Myrick insulted Dakota people the summer of 1862. What he said, and what he meant, have been matters of debate for a century. Last summer, just in time to update A Trilling Narrative before it went into production, I … Continue reading

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The Fifth Winter: July 5, 1862

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lower Sioux Agency, Minnesota, construction arrested by the Dakota War, photographed by Adrian Ebell in late fall, 1862.  On July 4, 1862 Episcopal Bishop Henry Whipple laid the cornerstone for St. John’s, the Episcopal chapel at … Continue reading

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