150th Anniversary of the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862
Brown County, Minnesota
“U.S.-Dakota War of 1862” Names and Etyomology
Compiled by Terry Sveine, New Ulm
“The Sioux Uprising,” as I knew the event to be called, now has many different names and I will record those that I am aware of. I will also list when and where I know the name to have been used. However, I caution that that may not be the place the name started from. I welcome additions, refinements and corrections!
This is a not-unexpected sentiment of the white population who felt attacked.
There is at least one plaque in New Ulm that uses this name (the Forster Building),
although I have seen it used in many early sources.
The Sioux Uprising ca. 1863
This appears as the name of some of the early accounts.
(I’d like to see the first use of it definitively cited.)
Indian Uprising in Minnesota, 1862 1880
Used by battle survivor, Rudolf Leonhart’s account of his time in New Ulm
The Sioux Uprising of 1862 1882
Charles Bartlett and Edward O’Neill refer to it as this in the title of their book about the
Minnesota River Valley.
Also, the title of Kenneth Carley’s detailed, yet concise book of the event, from 1976.
The Great Sioux Uprising 1959
C.M. Oehler’s book of that title.
Duane Schultz’s sub-title of his book, “Over the Earth I Come.”
The Minnesota Indian Wars of 1862 1984
The sub-title of Gary Clayton and Alan Woolworth’s book, “Through Dakota Eyes.”
The Dakota Conflict ca. 2000
It seems to have originated with the Minnesota Historical Society publications in an attempt to be more
balanced and not to make it look like the Dakota “uprose” for no reason.
The U.S.-Dakota Conflict ca. 2001
It seemed to be a response to the apparent one-sidedness of “The Dakota Conflict”showing that both sides
The U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862 ca. 2001
A refinement of the above two, putting the year in for historical context.
The Dakota War ca. 2003
A response to the thought that calling this horrible series of seven battles and other
fighting as merely a “conflict,” was to drastically underplay it’s scope.
The Dakota War of 1862 2001
K. Carley’s new edition of his book formerly called, “The Sioux Uprising of 1862”
The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 ca. 2003
The same concept of more fully identifying those involved, like the thoughts behind
“The U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862.”
The Great Sioux Uprising of 1862 2002
Don H. Tolzmann’s edition of first-hand accounts of the battle.
Little Crow’s War 2008
An article in The Atlantic Times, a magazine with a German heritage interest.
The Minnesota-Dakota Outbreak of 1862 2008
The Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association’s symposium flyer
Sioux Indian War 1862 Psbly. when marker was erected in 1919
The Wood Lake Battlefield marker’s metal entrance sign.