OUTLINE OF EVENTS OF INDIAN MASSACRE IN 1862
Source: Willmar Tribune (MN) August 21, 1912; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
JULY 18, 1862-Over 5,000 Indians at Yellow Medicine agency without food supplies waiting for Government money and issue of supplies.
AUG. 4, 1862-Indians make demonstration at Yellow Medicine Agency, and take 30 sacks of flour before being scared away from wharehouses by soldiers and cannon.
AUG. 10, 1862-Provisions issued to Indians at Agency before money arrived and military retires to Fort Riegely.
AUG. 17-Indian Massacre begun. Indians kill five whites at Acton.
AUG. 18-Inquest at Acton by Judge Smith, 60 persons attending.
AUG. 18-At twilight Chief Little Crow agrees with Chief Little Six that war must begin.
AUG. 18-General massacre begins at Lower Agency in early morning, continuing all day, hundreds of settlers being killed throughout Minnesota Valley.
AUG. 18-New Ulm attacked in afternoon by marauding bands. Continue on 19th.
AUG. 18-Capt. Marsh and 23 men of Co. B, Fifth Minn., killed by Sioux in ambush at Redwood Ferry on Minnesota River.
AUG. 18, 1862-$71,000 of gold coin in kegs, for Indian annuities arrive at Fort Ridgely, two months late.
AUG. 19-Little Crow with 320 warriors attack Fort Ridgley. 200 leave him to continue plunder of settlements.
AUG. 20-Berger Thorson killed in cabin in what is now First Ward of Willmar.
AUG. 20-Band of Indians massacre 13 members of Broberg and Lundborg families at West Lake.
AUG. 20-Fort Ridgely attacked.
AUG. 21-Attack on Erickson's cabin on Eagle Lake Creek. Foot and Erickson wounded, Charlie Carlson and father killed.
AUG. 21-Nest Lake settlers attacked east of Diamond Lake. S. H. Backlund and Andreas Lorentson killed.
AUG. 21-Olson family massacred at Sletten's farm. Lars Endreson and son killed at Solomon Lake. Johannes Iverson killed at Crook Lake.
AUG. 23-New Ulm attacked by 650 warriors.
AUG. 27-Advance Col. Sibley's relief expedition reaches Fort Ridgley.
AUG. 30-Indians make raid on Fort Abercrombie and stampeded much stock.
SEPT. 2-Battle of Birch Coulie fought-24 killed and 60 wounded.
SEPT. 3-Battle at Acton fought between Capt. Strout's command and Little Crow's party of warriors.
SEPT. 3, 1862-Fort Abercrombie attacked.
SEPT. 4-Indians attack Forest City, capturing 60 horses and burning several buildings. White men safe in stockade.
SEPT. 4-Little Crow burned and plundered Hutchinson, while 160 armed white men were in stockade.
SEPT. 6-Attack on Fort Abercrombie renewed.
SEPT. 13-Threshers at Paynesville attacked by Indians.
SEPT. 22-Olson at Lake Ripley killed.
SEPT. 23-Battle at Wood Lake breaks organized Indian resistance in Minnesota.
SEPT. 24-241 white prisoners recovered at Camp Release.