HISTORICAL SALUTE TO VETERANS – CORPORAL WILLIAM A. CLARK By Marlin Peterson, NCHS volunteer By today’s standards, the military Medal of Honor is given only for extraordinary deeds of heroism and valor, ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty. The medal was instituted during the Civil War and was the
Garretson Addison Brown and his wife, Susan, moved from Ohio to the new community of Traverse des Sioux in Nicollet County in 1853. At various times, Brown operated a store, was in the livestock business, served as a postmaster, and was Nicollet County Judge of Probate from 1859 to 1868.
By Marlin Peterson, NCHS volunteer The oldest known veterans buried in Nicollet County are most likely three men who served during the War of 1812, between the U.S. and Britain. Most people have very little knowledge of that war, other than the poem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” written in September 1814
Death came to more than a dozen men during the darkness of a cold November night in 1880. The men died in a fierce fire in the north wing of the St. Peter State Hospital.
The Nicollet County Historical Society (NCHS) is currently accepting applications for new members of its Board of Directors. NCHS has the privilege of preserving, protecting, and sharing Nicollet County and Minnesota’s rich history. We do this by: Offering exhibits providing access to, and interpretation and enjoyment of, our collections artifacts
The Dakota never saw most of the money they were owed. The reservation decreased from 50 miles on either side of the Minnesota River in 1851 to 10 miles by 1858. The treaty failed to provide a new sustainable life for the Dakota. Crop failures, lack of game, and broken
Henry Hastings Sibley was a Minnesota territory congressman, first state Governor, army General, and owner of a trading post at Traverse des Sioux.
Text excerpt from the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux permanent exhibit at the Nicollet County Historical Society-Treaty Site History Center. French scientist, geographer, and mathematician Joseph Nicollet led three important expeditions from 1836 through 1839. His Map of the Hydrographical Basin of the Upper Mississippi covered parts of what would