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Birch Coulie : the epic battle of the Dakota War / John Christgau.

Christgau, John. (Author).

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  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 3 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library 973.7 CHR (Text) 33500010671147 Main Checked out 09/02/2022
Fertile Public Library 973.7 CHR (Text) 33500010671139 Main Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780803236363 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0803236360 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: viii, 137 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2012.

Content descriptions

General Note:
MN American Indian literature.
"A Bison original"
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2012 February #1
    The Dakota War of 1862, also known as the Sioux Uprising, convulsed southern Minnesota with massacres of hundreds of settlers and resulted in the deaths of dozens of Indians, state militia members, and U.S. Army soldiers in several battles. Christgau chronicles one battle within the context of the conflict's immediate origin in a dispute over annuities due to the Dakota under 1851 treaties. Overtly sympathetic to the Dakota case, Christgau has thoroughly researched the Dakota's deliberations about starting a war. As one leader, Little Crow, counseled, raising the tomahawk would be hopeless against better-armed, more numerous whites. But the Dakota won the initial clash with American troops. Every battle afterward went as Little Crow predicted—the war was over in one month—although Birch Coolie was a close call for the Americans. About 160 of them were outnumbered and on the verge of Custer-like annihilation when a relief force arrived. Christgau's battle research is also bullet-by-bullet thorough, yielding a dramatic narrative that students of frontier and Minnesota history will wish to read closely. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

John Christgau (1934–2018), was an award-winning writer on issues of restitution and reconciliation, and is the author of several books, including Enemies: World War II Alien Internment, available in a Bison Books edition.

Subject: Birch Coulee, Battle of, Minn., 1862.
Dakota Indians > Wars, 1862-1865.
Minnesota > History > 1858-

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