Dakota Removal from Fort Snelling, 1863

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Dakota Removal from Fort Snelling, 1863

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 4, 2017

In response to a federal law mandating that all Dakota be removed from the state as punishment for the U.S.-Dakota War, on this date in 1863 Dakota captives at Fort Snelling, mostly women and children, were loaded onto two steamboats to be transported to a reservation on Crow Creek in southeastern Dakota Territory. The total number of people removed was 1,310; many would die of disease and hunger soon after arriving at the reservation.