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Birch Coulee Battlefield State Historic Site

Morton, MN 56270, USA

One of the fiercest battles of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, the fight at Birch Coulee erupted when Dakota forces ambushed an encampment of Minnesota state troops and civilians on the morning of September 2, 1862. Dakota forces laid siege to the camp for thirty-six hours before relief arrived from Fort Ridgely. Although the camp was not overrun, twenty men and ninety horses were killed on the U.S. side, while Dakota losses are unknown.


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From I-90 across southern Minnesota, go north on U.S. Highway 71 at Jackson. Proceed to Morton (90 miles) and continue up the Minnesota River bluffs. Watch for the brown signs directing you to make a left turn and taking you east of Highway 71 to reach the battlefield.

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Handicapped access, information, self-guided trails, picnic tables, small shelter

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(May-October) Daily: Dawn to dusk.



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