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Soldier, Settler, and Sioux: Fort Ridgely and the Minnesota River Valley, 1853-1867 (Prairie Plains) Paperback – August, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0931170751 ISBN-10: 0931170753 Edition: 1St Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Prairie Plains
  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Center for Western Studies; 1St Edition edition (August 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931170753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931170751
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,555,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Lawrenz VINE VOICE on March 30, 2008
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Paul N. Beck's "Soldier, Settler and Sioux," is an account of Fort Ridgely, a American frontier fort established in the upper Minnesota River Valley in 1853's near the edge of a new Dakota reservation. The book details the founding of the fort and its role in suppressing the Native Americans over the ensuing years. It explores the background and political situation concerning the Dakota tribes in the area as well as the pressures in the area that led to the fort's founding. In active use for only 14 years, Fort Ridgely was intended to support the settlement of the valley by Americans heading west and police Native American elements in the area.

During the Dakota Indian War of 1862, which was caused by the broken promises of the Federal Government and the disreputable actions of traders and settlers, the fort became the site of several battles and a siege. Other battles were fought within the general area and the fort itself became an economic center with its protection a draw for more settlement. It also had a direct relationship with the eventual removal of the Santee Indians from the area entirely. The history of the fort and its impact on Native Americans in the area is part of the tapestry of the history of Minnesota.

While the fort was mostly dismantled (the stone and timber carted off for use in local farmsteads) after its abandonment in the late 1860's, efforts by local community leaders in the late 19th century helped to establish the fort and its surrounding area as a state park. The park is open to visitors and several of the fort's original structures have been rebuilt or recreated.

Beck is an above average writer. He writes in a dry, factual style, with hints of wit.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meisha S. on August 27, 2009
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This was shipped to me even faster than I was expecting. I ordered this book used, but when I got the product it didn't even look like anyone had ever opened it up, let alone read it. I am incredibly pleased with the service.
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