Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
The Sioux Uprising of 1862

Minnesota Indian Uprising

Dakota (Sioux) Uprising


Read More About It

"The Great Sioux Uprising" by C.M. Oehler

"Over the Earth I Come: The Great Sioux Uprising" by Duane Schultz


Vocabulary:

uprising
outbreak
constant
convinced


Interesting Fact:

Gov. Edward Salomon sent arms and ammunition to northwestern Wisconsin in possible defense against the Sioux.


Study Questions:

  • Besides the Black Hawk War in 1832, were there other conflicts between the Indians and settlers in Wisconsin?
  • What were the causes of the Sioux uprising?
  • Where in Minnesota were the skirmishes with the Sioux taking place? How many miles from Wisconsin were they?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the Sioux uprising:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on August 31:

    1886: "An earthquake in Charleston, S.C., kills 110 people.
    1887: Thomas Edison receives a patent for his invention of the "Kinetoscope."



  • August 31

    August 31, 1862: The Sioux uprising in Minnesota brought fears that the outbreak would extend to Wisconsin settlements. A constant stream of settlers from Dunn County moved into Menomonie from August 29 until September 1 fully convinced the Indians were close behind.


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