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Big Swede, The
by V. C. Hedner
A fictional account of a Swedish immigrant who seems to be involved in all aspects of the state's early history, including the U.S.-Dakota Conflict as it unfolds around New Ulm.

Blowing in the Wind
by Bernice M. Chappel
This little book, filed under the fiction -not history- secftion of the New Ulm library, is a great piece of fictional history. It is an account of two German emigrant families and their decision to settle near New Ulm in 1850. The story of their Atlantic crossing is excellent but graphic! The author's choice of 1850 allowed her to show the development of the impact on settlers in Minnesota and the families' experiences during the Dakota Conflict are well done and believable. This book is worthy of more notoriety and publicity.

Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden
by Gilbert L. Wilson
ISBN #0-87351-219-7
The author of this book transcribes the words of this remarkable woman as she shares her horticultural secrets. Today's gardeners can follow Buffalo Bird Woman's advice to grow and eat traditional Hidatsa foods. The secrets and recipes that are shared throughout this book are a great help to todays gardener.

Charles E. Flandrau and the Defense of New Ulm
by edited by Russell W. Fridely, Leota M. Kellet and June D. Holmquist
A great, detailed 62 page book, full of obscure facts on the events directly in New Ulm.

Dakota Conflict, The
by Video
There is an excellent one-hour video available at the Brown County Museum and the library that offers an intelligent view of the fight from both sides with many historic photographs. It is a must for anyone interested in this subject!

Dakota War of 1862, The
by Kenneth Carley
The best narrative account of the war and surrounding time period!

Dakota War Whoop
by Harriet Bishop McConkey
Written right after the 1862 Conflict, she is quite derogatory to the Indian's reasons and actions. However, she should be credited for a sense of immediacy and passion in her story. One must be careful to understand the author's outrage when writing this. Several of her stories are exaggerated or half-truths, and would be discredited if written today. A good book to help understand what other white contemporaries must have felt.

Flash Point of Deceit
by Larry Stillwell
A new book that looks at the Dakota Conflict from the point of view of two Indians who helped out the white settlers. No startling new facts but a different viewpoint and an easy read.

German Pionner Accounts of the Great Sioux Uprising of 1862
by Don Heinrich Tolzmann
Tolzmann has found some first-hand accounts of experiences during the Indian War and has them reprinted. They make for very interesting reading and are quite compelling. He has a forward and afterward with his insightful thoughts on it. A great addition to our knowledge of this time!

God Seeker, The
by Sinclair Lewis
An interesting novel about a young missionary's life on the Minnesota River 1848. While it doesn't deal with New Ulm in particular, his insights into the Indian's values and outlooks helps one understand the Uprising better, An easy read with romance, action and encounters with historical figures such as Joseph Brown. It is hard to find.

Granite Falls: 1879 - 1979
by Carl & Amy Narvestad
none available

Grass Roots: the Universe of Home
by Paul Gruchow
ISBN #1571312072
The universe of home.

Held in Captivity
by Benedict Juni
This is a 23 page booklet that is Juni's first-hand experience during the Sioux Uprising as a 17 year old boy. It is very gripping and lets one imagine how many other stories like his were normal during these battles.

Historical Notes: A Glimpse at New Ulm's Past, Volumes 1 and 2
by edited by Elroy Ubl
A compilation of interesting events throughout the town's history that ran in the newspaper in the 1970s. An easy and interesting read. (Vol. 1 is out of print)

History of Brown County, Volume 1 and 2, The
by Louis Fritsche
A super work of factual history and short biographies about the early settler families. A good tool for starting out one's studies although hard to find.

History of the Minnesota River Valley and The Sioux Uprising of 1862, A
by Charles Barlett and Edward O Neill
A super resource for more serious students. It is definitely for the specialist in history but in addition to short pioneer biographies, it covers the region county by county.

History of Yellow Medicine County:1872-1972, A
by Amy & Carl Narvestad
none available

Horse Dreamer
by Daniel W. Homstad
A fictional account of the Dakota Conflict of 1862 written from the unusual viewpoint of a mixed-blood 16 year old. As Homstad says in his preface, the events and time-line are accurate except where the characters encounter the hero. The book is an easy read, offers a believable story line and brings in most of the major characters of the struggle.

Indian Revenge, The
by Alexander Berghold
This fascination account by Father Berghold, written shortly after the event, is a gripping account that tells the story in a time frame that was immediately after the fact. It is a good insight into 1860s thinking and is understanding of the Indian view.

Indian Tipi, its history, construction, and use, The
by Reginald and Gladys Laubin, with history from Stanley Vestal
ISBN #0-8061-2236
This a book for every camper erstwhile Indian who wishes to pitch a fine tent. This excellent text, crowded with authentic tradition and practical information for guidance. This book is helpful and easy to understand.

Joseph R. Brown: Adventurer on the Minnesota Frontier:1820-1849
by Nancy & Robert Goodman
none available

Kinsmen Of Another Kind
by Gary Clayton Anderson
ISBN #0-87351-353-3
A well researched narrative of the Dakota People's history up until 1862 with interpretation of interethnic relations from the Dakota's perspective.

Little Crow, Spokesman for the Sioux
by Gary Clayton Anderson
ISBN #0-87351-196-4
This is a compelling story well told which will not only appeal to a regional audience but catch the attention of those interested in good narrative history.

Minnesota in the Civil War: An Illustrated History
by Kenneth Carley
Newly updated with photographs and recent research, this book tells the story of Minnesota soldiers in the American Civil War - including the actions of the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862.

Minnesota on My Mind
by Paul Gruchos
ISBN #0937959707
Things about Minnesota.

Minnesota's Major Historic Sites: A Guide
by Jane Drenning Holmquist & Jean A. Brookins with the Minnesota Historical Society 1972
none available

Mustic Chords
by William J. Ridley
A recent, fictional history that deals with an Irish immigrant family's struggles as they settle outside New Ulm in 1860. Their mixed feelings about the struggles, the newness of the prairie life and their experience during the Dakota Conflict make for a relatable story. The final third of the book deals with a son's time during the Civil War in a graphic but realistic manner. Conversations between the characters betrays the common man's "take" on the then-current events. Accurate and readable.

New Ulm Area Defenders of August, 1962 / Dakota Indians and Pioneer Settlers
by edited by Elroy Ubl
A 54-page compilation of names, monuments and military lists. More for the specialist but a useful source of detail research

Over the Earth I Come: The Great Sioux Uprising of 1862
by Duane Schultz
Fictional history of the area and the 1862 US Dakota Conflict. A 2-3 day read because you can't put it down!

Painting the Dakota: Seth Eastman at Fort Snelling
by Marybeth Lorbiecki
The author uses the paintings of Seth Eastman, a United States Army officer and artist, to present a picture of Dakota life in Minnesota in the early and mid-19th century.

Prairie Smoke
by Melvin R. Gilmore
ISBN #0-87351-207-3
Prairie Smoke tells the traditional stories and describes the lifeways of some of the first peoples of the plains. Through these stories, we learn of the essential ties native peoples have to the land that gave them life.

Scarlet Plume
by Frederick Manfred
A fictional history from the point of view of a captured white woman who comes to better understand the Indian's viewpoints and situation. Graphic at times. It appears to be quite accurate and is an easy read. A nice counter to Nix's book.

Sioux Uprising in Minnesota, 1862: Jacob Nix's Eyewitness Account, The
by Jacob Nix
A first hand account of the battle written by the defacto commander of the citizen defenders. It brings you into the action in a memorable manner. It is published in German and English and offers a "not politically correct" view held by those who lived through it.

Sioux Uprising of 1862, The
by Kenneth Carley
The best narrative account of the war and surrounding time period.

Six Weeks in the Sioux Tepees
by Sarah F. Wakefield
ISBN #0877702152
This book is an account of the authors life. Intended for her children incase she died so they would know their history, the true statement of her captivity, her suffering and what was spared from her suffering. This is a very interesting book that is well written and should be read by all.

Soldier, Settler and Sioux; Fort Ridgely and the Minnesota River Valley, 1853-1867
by Paul N. Beck
Mr. Beck, who studied history at Mankato State and worked at the Harkin Store in the late 1970s, writes a very readable volume on the fort and its impact on the Minnesota River valley, and by extension, New Ulm. Despite having a cover that features Fort Ripley near Brainerd and a few small mistakes, his facts seem accurate. He does not spend too much time retelling tales already covered in other books but rather he stresses Ft. Ridgely's role on the western frontier's advance by whites and European immigrants.

The Gag Family: German-Bohemian Artists in America
by Julie LEnfant
A description of the three New Ulm based Gag artists: Father Anton, and daughters Wanda and Flavia.

Through Dakota Eyes: Narrative Accounts of the Minnesota Indian Wars of 1862
by Gary Clayton Anderson and Alan Woolworth
A great account of interviews of the actual participants in the war. A viewpoint primarily of the Dakota Indians. A refreshing change of outlook.

Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, The
by Thomas Hughes
A serious study of the treaty of 1851 that opened up the land in the southern 1/3 of Minnesota. This event was pivotal in the development of the situation that led to New Ulm's founding and the pioneer-Indian struggles that resulted. It also covers early white intrusions into the area and their first settlements. A "must read" for any true student of New Ulm's history. It is still the major work on this even and time frame. Hard to find.

What This Awl Means, Feminist Archaeology at a Wahpeton Dakota Village
by Janet D. Spector
ISBN #0-87351-278-2
This is the first book to show how feminist criticism and methods can be brought to the practice and writing of archaeology. Focusing on Little Rapids, a 19th century Eastern Dakota planting village, the author brings together information from archaeological, documentary, oral and pictorial sources to highlight the activities and accomplishments of Dakota women and to show the significance of gender in shaping history.


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