Author Archives: Carrie Zeman

Army Officers and Dakota Women on the Minnesota Frontier, Part 3

      General Eli Lundy Huggins (left) and General John J. Pershing (right), whom Huggins used as an example of the practice of army officers fathering children with women native to the place where the officer was garrisoned. In … Continue reading

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Army Officers and Dakota Women on the Minnesota Frontier, Part 2

In Part I of this series, I used a new translation of an 1861 German-language article in the New Ulm Pionier to introduce the subject of relationships between Army officers at Fort Ridgely and Dakota women on the Dakota Reservations … Continue reading

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Army Officers and Dakota Women on the Minnesota Frontier, Part 1

This post begins with a short review of the book that sparked this conversation, then introduces other period sources commenting on relationships between Army officers and Dakota women. I made progress on my to-read pile this summer, including several books … Continue reading

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38 Nooses by Scott W. Berg: a review

38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow and the Beginning of the Frontier’s End by Scott W. Berg. Pantheon Books, New York, 2012. 364 pages. $27.95 reviewed by Margaret J. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota Twin Cities native Scott W. Berg is currently on the faculty … Continue reading

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The Stuff of Legend

The columnist who dubbed himself “The LeSueur Lyre” liked puns. Why anyone believed him is Gleek to me.  ***** In late June 1919, Samuel J. Brown of Brown’s Valley, Minnesota mailed a newspaper clipping to Warren Upham, the Secretary of the Minnesota Historical … Continue reading

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Good Words

Zabelle and I are grateful for the warm reception of our new edition of Mary Butler Renville’s A Thrilling Narrative of Indian Captivity in it’s first year off the press. Three new reviews recently came to our attention, excerpted below. I hope … Continue reading

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Summer Author Appearances

This morning, a general-reader friend headed out of town asked me, “Are there any Dakota War books that are good reads? Like I could lost in the story reading in hammock at the cabin?” Last summer neither of my top … Continue reading

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Summer Reading

Summer came –and just in time. With my kids home from school — “mom” is my day job –my halcyon spring weeks of archival research are at an end. This blog has been strangely quiet for a great reason: I … Continue reading

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A New Twist in the Beam Story

Pillsbury Hall, the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where the beam lay in state for its last decade at the U of M. Between 1881 and the completion of Pillsbury Hall in 1907, the beam was collected among the University’s geological … Continue reading

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The Children of Mary Napesni and James W. Lynd

Monument marking the grave of James W. Lynd, Sr. (1830-1862), near the Lower Sioux Agency Historic Site on the Lower Sioux Reservation near Morton, Minnesota. Lynd, an amateur ethnologist working as a trader’s clerk at the Lower Sioux Agency, had two Dakota … Continue reading

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